Prosecutors drop charges against CHP Istanbul chair in spat over Erdoğan aide’s illegal construction

Duvar English

Istanbul prosecutors have dismissed criminal charges against main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu in a case concerning her support for a fellow CHP official who allegedly photographed Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun’s property in Istanbul’s Üsküdar district in April.

property rented by Altun in the Kuzguncuk neighborhood was at the
center of attention earlier this year after daily Cumhuriyet reported
on April 14 that the CHP-run Istanbul municipality demolished a
pergola and fireplace that were illegally constructed on this

the release of the report, an investigation was launched into CHP
Üsküdar district head Suat Özçağdaş over allegations that he
took photographs of Altun’s house adjacent to the demolished illegal
construction. Prosecutors accused him of violating the “privacy of
personal life.”

After Kaftancıoğlu defended Özçağdaş on Twitter on April 22, she was called to testify as part of the criminal complaint filed by Altun. She was accused of “praising a crime and a criminal,” as well as “encouraging a crime.”

The prosecutors said in their decision there was a lack of evidence that she had committed an offense. They referred to Kaftancıoğlu’s testimony that she did not in an way “encourage” Özçağdaş in terms of taking the relevant photographs and the allegations were baseless.

The prosecutors also said that Kaftancıoğlu’s Twitter statement defending her CHP colleague falls within the scope of the freedom of expression.

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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