They postponed the insult case against the mayor of Istanbul to November 11

They postponed the insult case against the mayor of Istanbul to November 11
They postponed the insult case against the mayor of Istanbul to November 11

In a speech in 2019, Ekrem Imamoglu used the word “fools”, the prosecution wants prison and to deprive him of the right to vote and be elected

The hearing of witnesses in the case against Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu was postponed until November 11. He is accused of insulting an official because of his speech, BTA recalls, referring to Turkish publications.

The indictment demands that Imamoglu be imprisoned for a term of 1 year, 3 months and 15 days to 4 years and 1 month, and that he be barred from voting in elections. The lawyers want him to be deprived of the opportunity to be elected because of “a public insult to public officials working in commissions due to the performance of their official duties”.

The charges against Imamoglu, a member of the opposition People’s Republican Party (PRP), stem from a speech he made in the 2019 local elections, when he narrowly won the vote over his rival from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). However, the results were annulled, but he still won the re-vote, with more support. In his speech, Imamoglu then said: “Those who canceled the March 31 elections are fools.”

The press service of the Istanbul Municipality justified him for having answered the Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu in this way, who first called him a fool. And they emphasized that Imamoglu did not criticize the High Electoral Commission, but the politicians who caused the annulment of the vote. His supporters suspect that the purpose of the case is to eliminate him from the upcoming elections in June next year.

Ahead of today’s Istanbul court hearing, at the request of the Kartal district police, and with the approval of the local district administration, a ban on gatherings, statements to the media and demonstrations was imposed.


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