Turkey’s Opposition Chief Fined for ‘insulting Presitent Erdogan’

IMG_0935An Ankara court Thursday ordered the leader of Turkey’s opposition party to pay damages after ruling that he insulted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a speech in 2013, reports said.

The 10,000 lira ($3,820) fine handed to Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), comes amid growing concern over the multiplying number of cases over alleged insults against the president.

Erdogan had brought the case against Kilicdaroglu on the grounds that the opposition politician insulted him with statements that were vulgar, hurtful and contained criminal insinuations during a speech to the CHP parliamentary group in January 2013.
Kilicdaroglu’s lawyer, Celal Celik, countered that the speech contained concrete facts that were in the public interest.

Erdogan’s lawyers had asked for a fine of 100,000 lira ($38,200) in the civil case.