Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) President Ekrem İmamoğlu A statement was made by the municipality regarding the "stupid" lawsuit filed against him.
The following information was conveyed in the statement made by İBB:
“In the hearing of the Istanbul Anatolian 7th Criminal Court of First Instance to be held on 1 June at 11.30; In the opinion of the prosecutor's office on the merits, he allegedly insulted the public officials working as a Board. Ekrem İmamoğluIt is expected that a decision will be made after the defenses to be made about the demand of .
The chronology and details of the relevant process are described below.
1. THE SOURCE OF THE CASE
IMM President Ekrem İmamoğlu, attended the Council of Europe Local and Regional Authorities Congress held in Strasbourg, France on October 30, 2019, as the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Mayor.
In his speech at this congress, İmamoğlu said; He stated that the public resources were used unlimitedly in favor of the government during the election process, the language that divided and polarized the society was used during the election, the actions and practices of the President and cabinet members that did not take into account the election bans, and that Anadolu Agency, the state's news agency, wanted to manipulate the election results.
And the manipulation of power kazanby canceling the 31 March election, which he could not hold, by the decision of the Supreme Election Board, which is authorized to administer the elections. kazanHe made political criticisms by emphasizing that he wanted to
2. WHAT EXACTLY DID IMAMOĞLU SAY IN STRASBOURG?
When the whole statement is evaluated, it is clear that the statements in question are purely political criticism and have nothing to do with the members of the judiciary.
As a matter of fact, IMM President Ekrem İmamoğluof
“… On March 31st, we defended the ballot boxes and democracy together with 16 million Istanbulites. There was a vigil at the ballot boxes for days. Power by manipulation kazanby canceling the election that he could not, by the decision of the Supreme Election Board, which is authorized to administer the elections. kazanhe wanted to. But despite all the power of the government, the strong will of our citizens once again stood for democracy with a much stronger and louder voice on the night of June 23. (…)
Where those who come by election do not go by election, there will be neither democracy nor the rule of law. The will of the citizen, which comes out of the ballot box, is not any will that some officials can consider valid or invalid according to their own wishes. Putting obstacles in front of the citizens to freely exercise their right to vote and to be elected does not serve any purpose other than to strengthen the segments in pursuit of non-democracy”, are purely criticisms of politicians.
HOW DID MINISTER SOYLU INVOLVE AND COMMIT A CRIME?
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu made a statement on 4 November 2019. Ekrem İmamoğluBecause of the speech of . This nation will make you pay for it. Shame on him,” he said.
Minister Soylu's public servant Ekrem İmamoğluHe committed crimes that should be investigated ex officio because of these words he said to him due to his duty.
4. İMAMOĞLU'S ANSWER TO SOYLU
Again on November 4, 2019, in Üsküdar Fethipaşa Grove, reminding these words of Minister of Interior Soylu, members of the press were invited by the Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. Ekrem İmamoğluImamoğlu stated that he would not go down to that level against these words, but that he wanted to mention it with a sentence:
"Those who canceled the election on March 31 and when we look at what's going on in the world, in Europe at the point where we are in their eyes, those who canceled the election on March 31 are idiots, first focus on that." He returned the words of Minister Soylu.
5. SOYLU'S ROLE IN THE ISTANBUL ELECTIONS AND THE CANCELLATION DECISION
It will be remembered that Minister Soylu worked hard both in the process of the 31 March Istanbul elections and in the process of canceling the elections on 6 May 2019 and making the re-election decision. He took and implemented political decisions regarding the prosecution of ballot box officials in Büyükçekmece district. He made dozens of untrue statements to the public.
As Minister of the Interior in the canceled election Ekrem İmamoğluHe went to the rival of 's and supported him in every sense by using the public power. He defended the idea that the elections should be canceled in every environment, and made great efforts to issue an unjust and unlawful annulment decision.
6. İMAMOĞLU CRITIZED NOT THE MEMBERS OF YSK, but POLITICIANS THAT AFFECTED THE CANCELLATION OF THE ELECTIONS
IMM President Ekrem İmamoğlu He criticized them, and this is the point he wants to draw attention to by saying "I would like to make a sentence there". The difference of 13 thousand votes increased to 810 thousand because he was wronged in the election. Re-election by canceling the completely legal elections has resulted in this result.
It is clear that this is the point that is aimed to draw attention with the words directed to Minister Soylu. It is another injustice to want to be punished for criticizing a minister who pioneered injustice and unlawfulness in changing the election results. The statement made consists of the restitution of Minister Soylu's inappropriate remark. There is no word or intent towards the Supreme Election Board or its members.
7. CLAIM AND CASE
Based on the criminal complaint made by the Supreme Election Board with a warrant dated 15/11/2019 on all these events, the President of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality with the Investigation number 2020/53491, the base number 2021/28722 and the Indictment number 2021/22456 prepared by the TR Istanbul Anatolian Chief Public Prosecutor's Office Special Investigation Bureau. Ekrem İmamoğluA lawsuit has been filed against.
In the case, which is expected to be decided on June 1, 2022, İmamoğlu said, "Those who canceled the election on March 31 are idiots." It was claimed that he publicly insulted the members of the YSK with his statements, and that he would offend the honor, honor and dignity of the members of the board and demanded that he be punished.
8. CASE IS POLITICAL, NOT LEGAL. THE PURPOSE IS TO DESTROY İMAMOĞLU FROM POLITICAL RIGHTS
As summarized, Ekrem İmamoğlu In his own words, he replied to a politician who insulted him. It is out of the question for İmamoğlu to target the members of the YSK, neither in substance nor in form. The case in question is therefore a baseless case; It's a political issue, not a legal one. Minister Soylu started the process by insulting the IMM president, who is a public official.
With this lawsuit, those who could not accept the result of the 2019 Istanbul elections and the will of the voters changed the essence of the speech and enabled a political lawsuit to be filed. The aim is to once again use the law as a weapon against political opponents and in this way Ekrem İmamoğluis to prevent it. With the decision, it is to create a political ban against İmamoğlu and to eliminate him from the upcoming elections.”