Turkish court rules main opposition leader must watch his tone on Erdoğan

A Turkish court ruled that the leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu must watch his tone when speaking on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Kılıçdaroğlu should be more careful about his statements against Erdoğan, the court said in its interim injunction, which arrives as part of a libel lawsuit filed by Erdoğan against the CHP leader, news website Kısa Dalga reported on Monday.

Kılıçdaroğlu’s lawyer Celal Çelik described the court’s decision as “scandalous,” it said.  

Turkish media outlets on Monday reported that Erdoğan had filed a lawsuit against Kılıçdaroğlu for his comments against him, on the grounds of “violation of personal rights,” seeking compensation of 1 million Turkish liras ($69,700).

“The name of the leader and the marketer of the gang of five, is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” Kılıçdaroğlu said on March 22, during a speech addressing CHP deputies at the parliament in Ankara. Kılıçdaroğlu also likened the Turkish president to a “debt collector that covets the money of the people,” on a social media post on March 31.

“This decision will go down in Turkish judiciary’s history as a disgrace,” Kılıçdaroğlu’s lawyer said.

The judge has committed a clear offense under the constitution, as the only authority to carry out an investigation against deputies over the speeches they make in parliament and the views they have repeated outside is the parliament itself, he said.

“We asked for both a disciplinary investigation and a criminal case against the judge,” the CHP leader’s lawyer said.

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