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CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu files criminal complaint against interior minister

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Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Monday filed a criminal complaint against Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu due to threatening and insulting remarks in a public address, Cumhuriyet reported.

Minister Soylu said on Dec. 10, “I speak openly: Kılıçdaroğlu, you are finished.”

According to the report, Kılıçdaroğlu seeks TL 100,000 in damages.

Soylu’s attack against the CHP leader came after Kılıçdaroğlu revealed on Nov. 28 that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s brother-in-law, brother, son, son’s father-in-law and his former executive assistant sent about $15 million to an offshore company called Bellway, Ltd., on the Isle of Man between December 2011 and January 2012. The minister accused Kılıçdaroğlu of lying.

CHP spokesperson Bülent Tezcan on Dec. 10 condemned Soylu’s “mafia-like discourse” and advised him to “get a medical report on his mental state of health.”

Tezcan added: “The Ministry of Interior is in charge of the police and the gendarmerie. For that reason, the public needs to know about the mental health of the minister who controls these forces.”

President Erdoğan and members of his family on Dec. 1 filed a lawsuit against the CHP leader for TL 1.5 million ($380,000) in damages for creating hatred in society against the president and his family, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

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