Turkish far-right mob boss yet to testify over death threat against opposition leader

Turkey’s most notorious crime leader Alaattin Çakıcı has yet to testify as part of an investigation into a death threat by the convicted mob boss against the country’s main opposition leader.

Çakıcı took to Twitter on Tuesday to say that he would be happy to testify should prosecutors summon him over a hand-written threat of physical violence against Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu last month.

The CHP last month launched a criminal complaint against the Çakıcı, known for his close ties to President ’s junior coalition partner and leader of the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahçeli, over his threat against Kılıçdaroğlu on Twitter.

Çakıcı in series of letters posted on Twitter accused Kılıçdaroğlu of cooperating with foreign powers and Kurdish separatists, warning the CHP leader to “watch his step,’’ after Kılıçdaroğlu criticised the government  for “releasing mafia leaders and drug smugglers’’ during a parliamentary address.

The 67-year-old was released in April as part of an amnesty law designed to free up to one third of the country’s prison population after Bahçeli called for a general amnesty, specifically citing Çakıcı.

“Don’t worry, I will certainly testify when the Turkish Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office summons me,’’ Çakıcı said.

“Unlike you, I haven’t filed a complaint against my country with the European Court of Human Rights,’’ he added, in another apparent swipe at the CHP.

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