Turkey’s main opposition head files complaint over funeral attack

Turkey’s main opposition secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıcdaroglu has ordered a criminal complaint to be filed against suspects who attacked him during a soldier’s funeral on Sunday, the state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) reported on Tuesday.

CHP leader’s lawyer Celal Celik filed the criminal complaint on Tuesday as part of an investigation over an attack against Kılıcdaroglu during a soldier’s funeral in Ankara’s Cubuk district on Sunday.

Kılıcdaroglu was hit on the head during the attack by dozens of men during the funeral attended by a number of police officers and gendarmerie.

A group of CHP members that include the party’s deputy chair Yildirim Kaya and Ankara MP Murat Emir, who were near Kılıcdaroglu during the attack, also filed complaints at the Cubuk courthouse.

Speaking to journalists before leaving the courthouse, Kaya said that CHP has detected 31 suspects in relation to the Sunday’s assault.

On Tuesday, the main opposition requested a parliamentary inquiry to clarify all aspects of the incident so as to hold those responsible accountable.

The inquiry calls for an investigation into the security and intelligence vulnerabilities in the incident that took place during a funeral, where top government, military, and security officials were present. CHP has labeled the attack as a “lynching attempt” in the inquiry and claimed that it was premeditated.

Eight out of nine suspects, who were detained as part of a probe launched by the Cubuk Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, were released with five of them being placed under judicial supervision on Tuesday.

An Ankara court, which previously extended the detention period of one of the perpetrators who was later identified as a member of the ruling AK Party (AKP) named Osman Sarigun, ruled to release him under judicial supervision early on Wednesday.

Critics claim that Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu’s order on governors in 2018 to keep officials of the secularist CHP out of soldiers’ funerals, as well as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ally Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli’s discriminatory discourse during local election period, led to the attack on CHP leader.

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