Turkish Daily Milliyet Columnist, Talat Atilla, wrote in his column that former President Abdullah Gul’s wife, Hayrunnisa Gul, claimed, “Someone may possibly want to kill my husband.”
Due to a suspicious odor in Gul’s vehicle, his wife believed that there could be an ‘assassination attempt’ against her husband who served as the 11th Turkish president from 2007 to 2014.
In the article penned by Atilla, it was reported that the former first lady claimed that every time Mr. Abdullah got out of the car, he looked drunk. She said that her husband felt discomfort in his official car, which was provided by the Turkish state, and that there was an unusual odor in the car. “A toxic gas is released into the car when the car starts to move. Somebody may possibly want to kill my husband,” she allegedly said.
It was also claimed that his wife had the car disinfected after which the vehicle was taken to a service station to be checked. The exhaust was apparently replaced, and the air-conditioner was found to be faulty.
Article removed from Milliyet’s web site
The Milliyet columnist also wrote that because Hayrunnisa Gul sent the vehicle to a different service station, the state refused to pay the bill. The article, penned with the title ‘Toxic gas suspicion in Gul’s official car’ reported as follows:
“In the meantime, the bill which was paid by Abdullah Gul was sent to the general secretary of the presidency to be paid back, but the Secretariat responded by stating that they could not pay the bill since it was repaired in an auto body shop that had no agreement with the secretarial body…. If you ask about the latest situation of Abdullah Gul’s car……. the gas, which was thought to be toxic gas nearly disappeared!” claimed Atilla.
However, Atilla’s article was subsequently removed from Milliyet’s official website.
Barred from the presidential race
Abdullah Gül, the former Turkish prime minister and president who stepped aside from both positions to allow Recep Tayyip Erdogan to fill them, is being asked to step aside again. Gül voiced unease over the government’s policies before, but it was only when he condemned a presidential decree that Erdoğan began firing back.
The controversial decree grants immunity to civilians who tried to stop the attempted coup in July 2016, and any ‘acts of terror’ in its aftermath. The legal definition of terrorism in Turkey is broad, and opponents have warned that the decree encourages vigilantism and violence.
Who is Abdullah Gul?
Abdullah Gul is a Turkish politician who was born on October 29, 1950, in Kayseri, Turkey, and who served as prime minister from 2002 to 2003, and as president of Turkey from 2007 to 2014.
In 2014, with his seven-year term as president coming to an end, Gul announced that he would not stand for a second term. He instead returned to the AKP, having previously severed his formal ties to the party as a requirement of serving as president when the pressure was put on him to step aside for Erdogan to become president.