Hayri Kozakçıoğlu (1938 – May 23, 2013) was a Turkish high-ranking civil servant and politician. He served as district governor, police chief, province governor in various administrative divisions. He was known as the first regional governor in the state of emergency ("OHAL") imposed in the provinces of Southeastern Anatolia and governor of Istanbul Province. He was found dead on May 23, 2013 in his house at Sarıyer, Istanbul.
|15th Governor of İstanbul|
August 19, 1991 – November 1, 1995
|Preceded by||B. Cahit Bayar|
|Succeeded by||Rıdvan Yenişen|
July 19, 1987 – August 19, 1991
|Appointed by||President Turgut Özal|
|Preceded by||newly established|
|Succeeded by||Mehmet Necati Çetinkaya|
|Governor of Diyarbakır Province|
January 12, 1987 – July 19, 1987
|Preceded by||Ahmet Elbeyli|
|Succeeded by||Hamdi Ardalı|
|Governor of Sakarya Province|
|Preceded by||Mehmet Aldan|
|Succeeded by||Nurettin Turan|
|Governor of Adana Province|
|Preceded by||Metin Dirimtekin|
|Succeeded by||Erdoğan Şahinoğlu|
|Police Chief of Istanbul Province|
July 17, 1978 – December 18, 1979
|Preceded by||Nazmi İyibil|
|Succeeded by||Şükrü Balcı|
|Governor of Erzurum Province|
|Preceded by||Sadri Turan|
|Succeeded by||Zihni Akın|
Alaşehir, Manisa, Turkey
|Died||May 23, 2013 (aged 74–75)|
Sariyer, Istanbul, Turkey
|Resting place||Zincirlikuyu Cemetery, Istanbul|
|Political party||True Path Party (DYP)|
|Children||daughters: Faika (Alan), Meral (Özekici), son: Ferhan|
|Alma mater||Ankara University|
Early life and careerEdit
After completing his primary education in Alaşehir, Kozakçıoğlu attended Atatürk High School in Izmir, finishing in 1955. He was educated then in political science at Ankara University between 1955-1959.
Following his graduation in 1959, he entered state service in the Ministry of the Interior, becoming a candidate district governor. Kozakçıoğlu served later as district governor (Turkish: Kaymakam) in Çamlıhemşin, Ardeşen, Delice, Çüngüş, Çınar, Kepsut and Gökçeada (Imbros).
In 1970, he was promoted to the post of an inspector at the ministry, and became later chief inspector.
After receiving special training by Scotland Yard in security matters, he was appointed in 1978 governor (Turkish: Vali) of Erzurum Province. His next post was the office of police chief in Istanbul Province for the period July 17, 1978 – December 18, 1979.
With the imposing state of emergency in 1987 over the region of Southeastern Anatolia, which comprised in the beginning eight provinces such as Bingöl, Diyarbakır, Elazığ, Hakkari, Mardin, Siirt, Tunceli and Van, Kozakçıoğlu became the first regional governor, appointed by President Turgut Özal. Called "super governor" (Turkish: Süper vali), he took office on July 19, 1987.
On March 12, 1995, an attack on a cafe in the mainly by Alevi inhabited Gazi neighborhood in Istanbul resulted in the death of one person and twenty five people were wounded. This assault triggered riots in the Gazi Quarter that lasted for several days. People took to the streets and the police and Gendarmerie surrounded the neighborhood. More than 20 people died as the police shot at the crowds. Kozakçıoğlu imposed martial law over the locations in unrest for three days.
At this post, he served until his resignation on November 1, 1995 to enter politics.
After his retirement from the state service, Kozakçıoğlu joined True Path Party (DYP), and was elected to the parliament as a deputy of Istanbul following the 1995 general elections held on December 24. At the party, he served as the deputy chairman. He was reelected a second time as deputy of Istanbul into the parliament after the 1999 general elections held on April 18.
According to a news published in September 1993 by the Turkish media, Hayri Kozakçıoğlu was accused of having peculated by transferring 2 billion Turkish Lira (approx. $250,000) of the funds provided by the United Nations from the regional governor's account to his private account, at the time he was the regional governor. He claimed that he did transfer the money on August 12, 1991 with the approval of Interior Minister Mustafa Kalemli, and he paid the amount back on January 18, 1993 upon the regional governor's request. However, Minister Kalemli stated that he had had no knowledge about this transaction.
Prime minister Tansu Çiller demanded Hayri Kozakçıoğlu's resignation. President Süleyman Demirel declared that "the funds were dedicated for discretionary spending in fight against terror. To disclose for what reason the funds were spent, might bring the state in difficulties".
He and his family members were repeatedly the subject of scandal news coverage. His spouse and daughters were criticized for living in over-proportional standards. His son was accused of sexual harassment by a model.
In the early morning of May 23, 2013, Kozakçıoğlu was found dead in his villa at Reşitpaşa neighborhood of Sariyer, Istanbul. He was shot at close range in the left side of his chest, and the gun was found next to him. An official autopsy will clarify whether it was suicide. He was survived by his wife Sabire, two daughters, Faika, Prof. Dr. Meral Kozakçıoğlu Özekici and son Ferhan. On May 25, he was buried at the Zincirlikuyu Cemetery following the religious funeral at Teşvikiye Mosque
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