Abdullah Çatlı

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Person.png Abdullah Çatlı  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(Spook, Assassin)
Abdullah Çatlı.jpg
Born1 June 1956
Erzincan, Turkey
Died3 November 1996 (Age 40)
Susurluk, Balıkesir, Turkey
Victim ofSusurluk car crash
A contract killer and figure in the Turkish underworld, who was killed in the 1996 Susurluk car crash.

Abdullah Çatlı was a Grey Wolves assassin who was killed in the 1996 Susurluk car crash. The discovery by local police of his body, together with an array of diplomatic passports was a huge step towards the exposure of the Turkish Deep State.[1]


Çatlı was responsible, along with Haluk Kırcı and several other MHP members, for the 9 October 1978 Bahçelievler Massacre in which seven university students, members of the Workers Party of Turkey (TIP), were murdered.[2][3]

He is also said to have helped Mehmet Ali Ağca murder the left-wing newspaper editor Abdi İpekçi on 1 January 1979, in Istanbul,[4] and helped Ağca escape from an Istanbul military prison, in 1979.[2]

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