Far-right MHP linked mob boss threatens Turkey's opposition leader

Notorious Turkish mafia boss Alaattin Çakıcı on Tuesday threatened the leader of Turkey’s main opposition party after its leader criticized the government over Çakıcı’s release from prison.

Çakıcı, known for his ties to the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader and junior coalition partner to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Devlet Bahçeli, was released from prison in April. He had been convicted of establishing and leading a criminal organisation, ordering a murder, instigating assault and insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu blasted the government for allowing the release of “mob bosses and narcotraffickers’’ during a CHP parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday.

Çakıcı was released as part of an amnesty law designed to free up to one third of the country’s prison population after MHP leader Bahçeli called for a general amnesty, specifically citing Çakıcı.

“Look, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, traitors may incite you by (utilising) the psychology of the masses,’’ Çakıcı said in a statement released on Twitter. “But they won’t be by your side when are in trouble. That is why I am telling you to watch your step.’’

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. 

The mob boss was extradited again in 2004, this time from Austria, before serving another prison sentence until earlier this year.