IMM employee Şafak D. was arrested

Şafak D., who worked as a social worker at IMM and was detained 6 years ago because of his pictures with a gun, was arrested by the duty judge. In its statement on the matter, İBB said: “By posting photographs of a person named Ş.D with a firearm that allegedly belongs to 2016 in the camp of the terrorist organization, it was intended to establish a link between İBB and the terrorist organization. Unfortunately, for a long time, this relationship has been attempted to be established with coercive allegations by some officials of our state’s security units. İBB also said that Şafak D.’s criminal record appears to be clean.


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Şafak D., who works at Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) and was arrested due to his photos with guns in 2016, was arrested by the duty judge.

Şafak D. was sent to the courthouse on charges of “belonging to a terrorist organization”, in accordance with police station procedures. It was learned that Şafak D. used his right to remain silent at the police station and did not give a statement.

IMM employee Şafak D. was arrested by the duty judge, to whom he was returned with a request for arrest.


Regarding the allegations regarding the detention of Şafak D., a statement was also made by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. The following statements were included in the statement:

“Today, in some media, photos of a person named Ş.D, who is believed to be an IMM social services specialist, with a gun that is believed to belong to 2016 in the camp of the terrorist organization, have been published to establish a link between the IMM and the terrorist organization.Unfortunately, for a long time, this relationship has been attempted to be established with coercive allegations by certain officials of the security units of our State.

First of all, it should be noted that; The subject of the news is the employee who works in project mode and for a limited period within the framework of international collaborations. The payment of the salary of the person concerned throughout the project is financed and carried out by the ILO (International Labor Organization) and the German National Cooperation (GIZ). The first project, which started on June 1, 2021 and ended on December 31, 2021, is “Supporting decent work for refugees and host communities”. The project which started on March 1, 2022 and will end on December 31, 2022 is the project “Development of digital capacity for economic enterprises and employment”.

Moreover, although the person in question was employed in a fixed-term project, his criminal record was noted and his record was found to be clean. The criminal record is attached. Again, when looking at the CV of the person in question, it can be seen that he worked as an intern at the Sakarya Children’s Homes Coordinating Center affiliated with the Ministry of Family and Social Policy in 2015. Similarly, although that it is stated that the photograph which is the subject of the news was taken in 2016, it has been determined and confirmed that the person in question worked in a private retirement home in Istanbul between 2016 and 2018. Furthermore, the same person works at the Association of Refugees, which has been working on a voluntary basis with the Municipality of Sultanbeyli since 2021.


In a national problem such as terrorism, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has so far cooperated with all institutions of our state and will naturally continue to do so. However, we would like to point out that we are also aware of the conspiracy attempts against İBB and its chairman Ekrem İmamoğlu. Here we would like to inform the public of the following important information:

The first search of the alleged member of a terrorist organization by the security forces was carried out on April 19, 2022 by presenting himself to our Department of Social Services. The security forces were informed that the person concerned was on administrative leave because he was going to undergo surgery.

The alleged member of the terrorist organization was admitted to Haydarpaşa Numune Hospital under his own name on April 18, 2022 and was released on April 20, 2022. He rested in his own residence for 7 days.


After 8 days, the security forces made no arrests either at the hospital or at his home, almost waiting for the person in question to enter the IMM building.

We find it significant that the person who entered our social services building at 10:26 a.m. on April 27, 2022 (today) was taken into custody just 5 minutes later at 10:31 a.m., and we leave the matter to their discretion. public. ”

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