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Turkish mob boss threatens Greece over Schengen visa denial

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Notorious Turkish mafia boss Alaattin Çakıcı threatened Greece on social media after the Greek authorities rejected his application for a Schengen visa that would allow him to travel to the country, local media reported on Monday.

Çakıcı on Monday posted a three-page handwritten note on Twitter and said the population of Turkey’s İstanbul province is two-and-a-half times that of Greece and that if people in İstanbul “broke wind,” there would be a “magnitude 15 earthquake” in Athens, Komotini, Kavala and Sparta.

The mafia boss said he has traveled the world more than once and has been to Singapore, Malaysia, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Tibet and Taiwan multiple times, in addition to living in the US for three-and-a-half years, in Canada for six months and in South Africa for a year.

Çakıcı has been arrested several times in Europe with fake special passports that required no visa, and in one incident in 2004 he had to flee to the Greek islands in a boat to avoid a prison sentence.

Çakıcı is known for his ties to Devlet Bahçeli, leader of the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and an election ally of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), and had been convicted of establishing and leading a criminal organization, ordering a murder, instigating assault and insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Following Bahçeli’s call for a general amnesty, specifically citing Çakıcı, the mob boss was released on April 16, 2020, after serving 16 years of his decades-long sentence, as part of a law allowing for the release of tens of thousands of prisoners to ease overcrowding in Turkish jails during the coronavirus pandemic while excluding political prisoners convicted on terrorism charges.

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