Man suspected of firing shots in front of CHP headquarters briefly detained

Police briefly detained a man on Wednesday suspected of firing shots in front of the Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP) headquarters in Ankara on Monday, the Cihan news agency has reported.
Haci Ali Hamurcu, a former municipal worker at the Kayseri Municipality, was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning as the main suspect behind five shots that were fired from a car in front of the CHP headquarters at around 7 p.m. on Monday.
He was released later in the day.
Hamurcu previously came to public attention after CHP leader Kemal Kiliandcdaroilu stated in a speech he made in Parliament in 2010 that Hamurcu had written a 26-page confession at the Kayseri Courthouse, declaring that he had collected bribes from taxi and minibus station owners in return for the Kayseri Municipality favoring them in tenders. Hamurcu also implicated Kayseri Mayor Mehmet andOzhaseki, but 10 pages of a statement in which he explained how andOzhaseki was involved in bribery were later removed from the document.
Kiliandcdaroilu went on to claim that thanks to the abridged version of Hamurcuand’s testimony and government intimidation, key figures, including andOzhaseki, escaped corruption convictions. In December 2010, the CHP posted on its website what it says are the full and abridged versions of Hamurcuand’s testimony.
Speaking to iMC TV on Monday night, Kiliandcdaroilu said the CHP is not a party that can be intimidated by a few gunshots. and”We are powerful. We are defending democracy and freedoms. If we need to pay the price for that, we are ready to pay. No one should doubt this,and” Kiliandcdaroilu said.
Kiliandcdaroilu also said they had not received any intelligence about an attack on their headquarters, but added that there had been some warnings on planned attacks against the leaders of political parties. The CHP leader also noted the headquarters of the pro-Kurdish Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP) had been exposed to a more serious attack earlier, adding that political parties are an essential part of democracy and that if anyone wants to defend democracy, they should provide political parties with an environment in which they can operate freely.