Probe Launched Into Turkey’s Opposition Party Chair’s ‘Spilling Blood’ Remarks

kılıçdaroğlu-1The Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office has launched an investigation into the May 11 remarks of main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who argued the sort of presidential system proposed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) could not be realized without “spilling blood.”

The investigation will be led by the Bureau on Investigating Parliamentary Crimes, under Article 214 of the Turkish Criminal Code on “inciting to commit a crime.”

“You can’t bring in such a presidential system without spilling blood,” Kılıçdaroğlu had said in a speech to the general assembly of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) in Ankara on May 11, while discussing efforts to form a new constitution.