Advisor of Turkey's biggest mafia boss visits Commander of Gendarmerie

Advisor of Turkey's biggest mafia boss visits Commander of Gendarmerie
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Two months to the elections in Turkey, the advisor of mafia boss Alaattin Cakici, a fervent supporter of the government, has visited General Cetin at the Gendarmerie's mobile operations center.

The advisor of Turkey's biggest mafia leader Alaattin Cakici visited on Monday the Commander of the Gendarmerie in the earthquake hit province of Maras and posted pictures from the visit on Twitter.

Cakici's advisor Ferhat Aydogan said in his post:

"As our gendarmerie is engaged in relief efforts, we paid a visit to Mr. Arif Cetin, the Commander of the Gendarmerie, who has been in the earthquake zone in the last 36 days tending to the needs of our earthquake victims."

Aydogan posted two pictures showing him with General Cetin, one taken in front of the sign of the gendarmerie's mobile operations center, the other in a meeting room at the center.

General Cetin is the highest authority, after the interior minister, who will be in charge of maintaining the security of the ballot boxes in rural areas in elections on 14 May.

In a 2021 report by the organized crime control division of the police, Cakici was ranked the biggest crime boss in Turkey with an army of 428.

A former member of Turkish Grey Wolves, Cakici is a close friend of ultra-nationalist party leader Devlet Bahceli, who lobbied intensively for Cakici's release from prison. Cakici was released on 15 April 2020 after the Turkish parliament approved a law to contain the spread of the COVID-19 in the prisons.

He had been convicted on charges including organized crime, gunned assault and contracting the murder of his wife.

His visit to Bahceli on 29 August 2022 at the headquarters of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) had come to public attention when he posted a picture of the visit on Twitter.