Turkish authorities have launched an investigation into a man on charges of “being a member of a terrorist organization” after he tweeted Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu's remarks previously aired on the now-closed Gülen-linked Samanyolu TV channel. Moreover, the man's brother, serving as a police officer in the western province of İzmir, was relegated to a post in the eastern province of Ardahan.
A HDP lawmaker has submitted two separate parliamentary questions inquiring about the whereabouts of Bahtiyar Fırat who went missing on Oct. 14 amid concerns that he might have been abducted by state agents. MP Sait Dede asked Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu and Justice Minister Abdulahmit Gül if they will issue a statement with regards to the fate of Fırat considering that 17,000 people have been so far victims of enforced disappearances while under detention in Turkey.
Turkish court says minister calling political expert ‘servant,’ ‘despicable’ person freedom of expression
An Ankara appeals court has ruled that Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu's referring to renowned political expert Prof. Baskın Oran as a “servant” and “despicable” person fell within the scope of freedom of expression.
A Twitter post shared by top court member Engin Yıldırım stirred controversy, with the government condemning him for "giving a coup message." "The lights are on," tweeted Yıldırım on Oct. 13 with a picture of the court's building, prompting the Interior Ministry to respond by sharing its own building. The row came hours after a local court unconstitutionally ignored the top court's ruling on a former CHP deputy.
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has slammed journalist Barış Terkoğlu over a column he penned regarding the minister's links to religious groups on Oct. 12. "I haven't received education from any faith group. I would've said if I did. Everyone knows that I read a lot in the past. Islam can't be learned in the filthy gatherings that you got your ideology," Soylu said. "I'm not a man breastfed by embassies," he added.
Turkish Interior Minister slams reports of religious cults’ infiltration into state as ‘provocations’
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has denied reports that religious cults infiltrated into the state. Soylu's remarks came following debates on religious cults' infiltration into state institutions, mainly the Health Ministry. "They are lies. They are provocations," Soylu said, adding that no such infiltration is the case in any of the state institutions.
Interior Minister Soylu has bragged about mistreatment of drug dealers, as he said that drug dealers and the mafia should not be treated leniently. "The CPT report said that mistreatment exists towards drug dealers and this stems from me. Don't be tolerant towards drug dealers and the mafia. If there is a price to pay, I'm ready to do so. These two groups feed each other. Do what's necessary and put the blame on me," he said.
In a not-so-veiled message to Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, Constitutional Court President Zühtü Arslan has said that although the top court is open to criticism of its decisions, remarks which focus on judges and "go beyond criticism will not bring any benefit.” Arslan's comments came after he was targeted by Soylu over the top court's decision to permit inter-city demonstrations and marches.
One thing to watch in Turkish politics, other than Erdoğan’s maneuvers, are two ministers. While Berat Albayrak looks like the man of the palace with the backing of his father-in-law, Süleyman Soylu gives the image of being a man of the people.
Turkish Interior Minister targets Constitutional Court President after top court permits intercity marches
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has targeted Constitutional Court President Zühtü Arslan over the top court's decision to cancel a provision in the Law on Demonstrations and Public Meetings (Law 2911) which did not allow inter-city demonstrations and marches.
Turkish politician urges journalist Terkoğlu to ‘be careful’ about Interior Minister’s threatening comments
Workers Party (TİP) deputy Barış Atay has urged OdaTV journalist Barış Terkoğlu to “take care of himself” after the latter was targeted by Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu. The minister referred to Terkoğlu as a “tramp” and claimed that the journalist "is the man of the other."
MP Atay says Interior Minister Soylu is ‘AKP’s mob leader’ following brawl over rapist sergeant’s release
MP Barış Atay has said that Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu is the ruling AKP's "mob leader" as he is using his power as a means of oppression to "discard of Kurds, socialists, Alevis, leftists and everyone who thinks in a democratic way." Atay's comments came after he was attacked on Aug. 31 by a group of unidentified assailants following Soylu's comments targeting him.
Turkish Workers Party (TİP) deputy Barış Atay was attacked early on Aug. 31 by unidentified assailants following Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu's comments targeting him. Atay filed a criminal complaint at the prosecutor's office regarding the attack, saying in this testimony: "The perpetrator of this incident is Süleyman Soylu." Meanwhile, opposition politicians, slammed Soylu, with the hashtag #BarisAtayYalnızDeğildir (which translates as 'Barış Atay is not alone') going viral on Twitter.
Minister Soylu says deputy Atay ‘would be a perfect rapist’ upon criticism on not arresting rapist soldier
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has said that Turkish Workers Party (TİP) deputy Barış Atay would be "a perfect rapist" after the lawmaker criticized him over the fact that a specialized sergeant was not arrested over sexual assault even though the existence of plenty of evidence. He also addressed Atay as a "leftover" of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C).
Police have detained a woman for "insulting" Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu in the Bodrum district of the southern province of Muğla. Hülya B. was released on condition of judicial control on Aug. 26.