It is stunning that a man having lengthy criminal records was to make a speech freely in the capital of Turkey using a municipal’s billboard to promote the event.
Halis Bayuncuk, known as Abu Hanzala, was going to give a speech in Ankara on Sunday but his speech was cancelled after the outrage in social media by the office of the governor. Bayuncak issued a video message on the same day calling the cancellation as a threat.
On the billboard ads of the conference Bayuncuk was defined as the man introducing thousands of people İslam. Bayuncuk is known for his fetwas suggesting that burning people alive is lawful according to Sharia.
Bayuncuk is accused of being ISIL’s Turkey leader and masterminding crimes such as Ankara and Suruç attacks, taking hostage of 49 officials in the Turkish Consulate of Mosul, kidnapping of 32 Turkish truck drivers en route to Mosul and attack on Gendarmerie in Niğde.
Bayuncak was arrested in 2008 in İstanbul while planning a second attack to a synagogue and released after a year. He was again jailed 2011 and released in 2013. Later on he was arrested on the charges of being ISIL’s Turkey leader but freed soon.
During the trials Bayuncuk challenges the presence of Ataturk’s pictures in the court rooms and ask for Sheria.