SHOCKER:  CHP mayor Imamoglu  allegedly escapes assassination attempt

Turkish officials last month thwarted an assassination attempt against Istanbul’s opposition mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu, opposition news site Odatv said on Tuesday, in a report denied by the General Directorate of Security.

 

The Nov. 23 plan to assassinate İmamoğlu, which has led to the arrest of multiple gunmen,  has prompted increased security for the People’s Republican Party (CHP) mayor on the orders of the Istanbul Governor, Odatv said, which is apparently confirmed by Interior Ministry sources.

 

But the directorate said that there had been no assassination attempt or arrests made linked to any such attempt, in a statement issued on Tuesday.

 

On the other hand, the spokesperson for Istanbul Municipality, Mr Murat Ongun claimed to secularist Cumhuriyet daily that a tip about a possible assassination attempt had been relayed to the Municipality office by 23 November, as a result of which security measures have been doubled.

 

The Odatv report suggested that the gunmen were linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) and the order came from the senior members of the jihadist organisation.

 

Mainstream, pro-government Hürriyet columnist Fuat Bol wrote that some prominent figures might be assassinated in Turkey in the coming days, in a style similar to the killing of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Iran over the weekend.

 

Ahval reported on Monday that the number of death threats directed against opposition figures in Turkey has grown following main opposition party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s remarks to condemn the imprisonment of politicians, mainly the pro-Kurdish party members.

 

 

Kılıçdaroğu lashed out at Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) last week for “releasing mafia leader and drug smugglers” while imprisoning “prisoners of conscience.”

 

Turkish mob boss Alaattin Çakıcı, who accused Kılıçdaroğlu of treason for defending imprisoned politicians, published a hand-written letter over the Twitter platform and threatened main opposition party leader with physical violence.

 

Fuat Uğur, another pro-government columnist, penned an article in on Saturday, in which he wrote that the CHP leader could be killed with an assassination.

 

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Published By: Atilla Yeşilada

GlobalSource Partners’ Turkey Country Analyst Atilla Yesilada is the country’s leading political analyst and commentator. He is known throughout the finance and political science world for his thorough and outspoken coverage of Turkey’s political and financial developments. In addition to his extensive writing schedule, he is often called upon to provide his political expertise on major radio and television channels. Based in Istanbul, Atilla is co-founder of the information platform Istanbul Analytics and is one of GlobalSource’s local partners in Turkey. In addition to his consulting work and speaking engagements throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, he writes regular columns for Turkey’s leading financial websites VATAN and www.paraanaliz.com and has contributed to the financial daily Referans and the liberal daily Radikal.