An independent deputy candidate from Sanliurfa for Turkey’s June 7 general election was found wounded on Wednesday in the southeastern province of Gaziantep.
The candidate, Ibrahim Halil Gogus, vanished on Saturday for an unknown reason after attending a meeting as part of his election campaign in the evening.
Police found Gogus wounded and handcuffed by the roadside in Gaziantep after being alerted by locals.
He said that he doesn’t know who captured him, and that his car was hijacked and a hood was thrown over his head.
“I stopped the car when I see people hitchhiking. A group of four or five people came alongside me. They threw a hood over my head and captured me. They took away me somewhere I don’t know. I couldn’t hear even the azan at the place they hold me, only the sound of roosters. I don’t know the kidnapper and I still couldn’t recognise them if I saw them,” said Gogus, according to the reports.
Gendarmerie units are investigating the event and will interview Gogus after his treatment.
Sanliurfa residents will elect 12 deputies in the upcoming general election in which seven independent candidates will compete alongside political parties.