Mob boss pens scathing letter to Erdoğan
A notorious convicted mafia leader in Turkey known for his close ties to Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has penned a scathing letter from his prison cell to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in which he told Turkey’s strongman he was not the keeper of the state, independent news site Diken reported.
Alaattin Çakıcı, who was a household name in the 1980s as a mob boss, was indicted in 1995 for contracting the killing of his wife in front of their son before fleeing abroad. Following his 1998 extradition from France, Çakıcı was released from prison in 2002. In 2004 Çakıcı was extradited again, this time from Austria, and has been in prison ever since, convicted of various charges including organising and leading a crime syndicate, instigating murder, and insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
In early May, Bahçeli called for a general amnesty for people convicted for different crimes, specifically citing Çakıcı. Erdoğan, however, denied he would do so.
In his letter, Çakıcı addressed the MHP’s support for Erdogan in Sunday’s elections, saying ‘’Those who are not pro-AKP but voted for him for the survival of the state don’t need his greetings or his gratitude.’’
Çakıcı stressed that Erdoğan should be be grateful for Bahçeli’s support and pray for him, just as he is grateful for his mother and father. ‘’And get it through the depths of your mind that I’m not a street kid, a street gang.’’