Istanbul mayor, Erdogan’s main rival, threatens prison

The trial of Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, who is seen as the most prominent potential rival of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the upcoming presidential elections, has begun, in cases that threaten him with four years in prison if proven.

On Wednesday, the first session of Imamoglu’s trial began on charges of insulting the president and members of the Turkish Supreme Electoral Council.

During the first session, accepted by the Seventh Criminal Court of First Instance, Imamoglu was asked to imprison 4 years and one month, on the grounds of insulting public officials.

For his part, Imamoglu and members of the Supreme Electoral Council did not attend the session, while lawyer Kemal Polat attended the session.

Polat said that he “believes that the elements of the crime are not available in line with the decisions of the Constitutional Court and the judicial precedents of the Supreme Court, and there is no statement about the members of the Socialist Shura Council,” demanding the innocence of his client.

An investigation was opened against Imamoglu following his press statement after the results of the Istanbul municipal elections in March 2019 were annulled.

Source: “Zaman Turkish”

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