Twitter says Erdoğan’s ethics chief violated rules after ‘poisoned tweet’

Kemalettin Aydın, the chairman of the political ethics committee of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s governing party, has violated Twitter’s rules on abuse and harassment, according to a company notice seen by Ahval.

Twitter concluded an investigation into Aydın's account on Monday for a tweet he posted to Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu recommending that a journalist accusing the minister of corruption be poisoned with strychnine. Aydın provided Soylu with a chemical formula for the poison in an attached diagram.

Aydın is head of the Political Virtue and Ethics Committee of Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP). He is a professor of medicine, an expert in biotechnology and infectious diseases, and a former parliamentarian for the AKP.

He last posted a tweet on Monday, accusing Armenians of a massacre against Turks early last century, saying blood flowed from one mosque to another.