Alaçatı, a tourism hotspot in the Aegean province of Izmir, is back on the country’s agenda again, but this time not for its gorgeous beaches meant to promote tourism, but for a series of publicly called events. “Terror of the bodyguards” that has shadowed the neighborhood for almost a year now.
In the recent chain of events, two bodyguards from a nightclub killed a 33-year-old man.
According to police reports, Alpay Kalyon went to a nightclub in the Alacati district on August 21 with his ex-wife and two friends.
On the way out, Kalyon and a friend of his saw a man beating a woman in front of the club.
He immediately made a move to end the fight, but the club’s bodyguards clashed with the man hard.
It wasn’t long when the fight turned sour, and before we knew it, one of the bodyguards stabbed Kalyon in the chest with a knife.
Police arrested seven people, including the club’s general manager. After the interrogations, two bodyguards were arrested: one for “first degree murder”, the other for “intentional injury”.
One of the bodyguards defended himself during the police interrogation, saying, “He shouted and cursed at us. I couldn’t take it anymore and walked into the club to get a knife. I am regretful.”
In a puzzling statement, the club owner said: “I don’t know the bodyguards.”
“He went there to end a fight, not to start a new one,” Kalyon’s friends said.
Alaçatı, which is a district of Çeşme district, is one of the most famous tourist resorts in Turkey after Bodrum, a district in the southwestern province of Muğla.
The first ‘bodyguard terror’ in Alaçatı that shook the public occurred in the summer of 2020, when Daria Kyryliuk, a Ukrainian model, accused bodyguards at a famous beach club in the having beaten in front of her boyfriend.
In another incident, a shootout broke out between bodyguards at some clubs in June in which a 23-year-old man leaving a club was accidentally shot and killed.
“This is not an organized crime, but a sudden event,” Ünal Çakıcı, governor of Çeşme district, told the daily Hürriyet on August 26 of Kalyon’s murder.
He went on to say, “Since the start of the summer we have been monitoring the nightclub area for guns or drug trafficking with our police units. There is no way that organized criminal groups can roam freely in Çeşme. “
The district governor also stressed that a series of operations had been carried out since the summer of 2020 against certain groups in the region.
“We will not let anyone ruin Çeşme’s elite and luxury image,” he added.
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