Turkish runaway businessman convicted of murder photographed with Erdoğan’s adviser

A district organisation head of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Sunday shared a photograph that shows a Turkish businessman, who sought by an Istanbul court to serve a jail sentence for murder, with one of the advisers of the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. 

Galip Öztürk, who has a life conviction for instigating a murder 22 years ago upheld by the court in November, reportedly fled to Georgia on the day of the court’s decision. 

Oztürk and his family own Metro Holding, which operates in the tourism, food, mining, and energy industries. Metro Holding also runs leading bus company Metro. The businessman is known for his support to Erdoğan.

Halil Kalaycı, the AKP’s Ayvacık district head in the Black sea coastal province of Samsun, shared a photo of himself on Instagram with Öztürk and Hidayet Türkoğlu, a former NBA player and an adviser to Turkey's Erdogan. Instagram post was deleted after big reaction on the social media.

Kalaycı did not mention where or when the photograph was taken.