Istanbul mayor facing jail sentence for allegedly insulting civil servant

A Turkish prosecutor is demanding up to two years in prison for the opposition mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem İmamoğlu, on charges of insulting a civil servant, Duvar news site reported on Tuesday.

The Republican People’s Party (CHP) mayor of Turkey’s most populous city is accused of insulting the former governor of northern Ordu province, Seddar Yavuz, during a visit to the region on his campaign trail ahead of the Istanbul mayoral vote re-run in the summer of 2019.

The alleged insult took place during a run-in with then-governor Yavuz at the Ordu-Giresun Airport, according to the indictment.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for March 17.

İmamoğlu took office as mayor of Istanbul following a controversial rerun of the polls on June 23, 2019, ending 25 years of rule by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its Islamist predecessor in the city where President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan launched his political career.