WALL – The Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), Ekrem İmamoğlu, was sentenced to 4 years and 1 month in prison for insulting members of the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK).
Ekrem İmamoğlu’s lawyer, Kemal Polat, gave a statement to Halk TV and said that İmamoğlu had no speeches about YSK members in the statement that was the subject of the case.
Polat said, “What is on trial here is actually a response to the ‘stupid word’ made by Mr. Soylu to my client. This response is on trial.”
Stating that “someone accepted the answer in question as directed to YSK members by intent to read”, Polat said four of the YSK members did not complain about those words.
“IT IS A REIMBURSEMENT OF PROMISE THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE LONG AFTER THE ELECTION”
Stating that the words had nothing to do with YSK members and the electoral process, Polat said: “This is a response to the minister’s speech in the style of ‘I call the idiot who complained of Turkey abroad “That’s not a word. It’s a word said long after the election. It is a word addressed to the minister,” he said.
“There is a possibility of a political ban, but it will come back from a bad place”
Stating that if Imamoglu is sentenced to more than a year in this case, he could be banned from politics, Polat said: “There may be a possibility of a ban if a prison term exceeds 1 year, but I don’t don’t want to talk about that possibility because I don’t believe the law will sign such a strange thing. No way. I mean, in every bad possibility, it will come back from the wrong place. There is an appeal for this, there is the Supreme Court, there is the Constitutional Court, there is the ECHR, there is the conscience of lawyers. It is not possible. There is no need to talk too much about an impossible possibility, but it is theoretical yes, there is,” he said.
“MEMBERS DON’T COMPLAIN, FORMER PRESIDENT GÜVEN HAS A TWO-LINE OPINION”
“The case where only the prosecutor complained while the members of the YSK did not complain, can this case be defined as such?” To the question, Polat replied: “It’s a bit like that, because it’s a denunciation made by former YSK president Sadi Güven in a two-line letter, but there are no members of the YSK who are complaining about it. Mr. Sadi Güven is not complaining anyway. That’s not a word. I didn’t vote, I didn’t say yes anyway.
SUPPORT FOR İMAMOĞLU ON SOCIAL NETWORKS: WRITE TO GOOGLE AND YOU WILL SOLVE THE CASE
After the hearing, thousands of messages of support were shared for Ekrem İmamoğlu with the hashtag “#Seninleyizİmamoğlu”.
İBB spokesperson Murat Ongun said, “It’s not difficult! If you type “stupid controversy” on Google, you will solve the case. While everyone knows what the truth is, those who don’t wanted a 4-year prison term for İBB President Ekrem. İmamoğlu. The nation will win again, like March 31 and June 23.’ did he declare.
If you Google “silly controversy” you’ll solve the case. While everyone knows what the truth is, those who don’t have demanded a 4-year prison term for İBB President Ekrem İmamoğlu. Like March 31 and June 23, the nation will win again. #SeninleyizImamoglu
— Murat Ongun (@Mrt_Ongun) April 20, 2022
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Ekrem İmamoğlu was sentenced to 4 years and 1 month in prison!
I think you are determined to increase the difference from 806 thousand 415 to 8 million across the country?!#SeninleyizImamoglu ✊✊✊
— Profesorfacia (@Profesorfacia) April 20, 2022
The IMM presidential election, held on March 31, 2019, was canceled on May 6. Ekrem İmamoğlu was re-elected on June 23.
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, in his November 4, 2019 statement, used the term “stupid” for Ekrem İmamoğlu, who traveled to France to attend the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe , and said:I say to the idiot who goes to Europe and complains about Turkey. These people are going to make you pay for it,” he said.
I can’t respond to Soylu’s words on a question. Imamoglu also said, “Those who canceled the March 31 elections are idiots.” (INFORMATION CENTER)