CHP Istanbul chair called to testify in case into taking pictures of presidential aide’s illegal construction

Duvar English

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu was called to testify in the case into the taking pictures of Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun’s house in Istanbul’s Kuzguncuk.

The row over the construction has been ongoing since daily Cumhuriyet reported on April 14 that the CHP-run Istanbul Municipality demolished a pergola and fireplace that were illegally constructed on the land rented by Altun from the Foundations’ General Directorate.

After the report, an investigation was launched into CHP Üsküdar district head Suat Özçağdaş over taking photographs of Altun’s house adjacent to the demolished illegal construction. Prosecutors accuse him of violating the “privacy of personal life.”

Kaftancıoğlu was called to testify on April 28 as part of the criminal complaint filed by Altun’s lawyer Sezgin Tunç. She is accused of “praising a crime and a criminal,” as well as “encouraging a crime.”

Kaftancıoğlu on April 22 voiced support to Özçağdaş on Twitter.

“No one can touch CHP’s district head for protecting the public’s property and taking care of the people’s rights. The authority of the state is there to protect the people’s rights, and you will learn this whether you like or not! You will also learn that city bandits are those who do not recognize the law and undertake illegal construction!” she said.

from Duvar English

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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