Ex-Erdoğan ally Davutoğlu withdraws complaints in Gezi, other cases

Former Turkish Prime Minister and leader of the new Future Party (FP) Ahmet Davutoğlu has withdrawn as a plaintiff in the 2013 Gezi Park case and all criminal cases involving offenses against him.

The former ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has waived all cases involving crimes against his person that do not involve the public, news site T24 quoted Future Party Deputy Chair Ayhan Sefer Üstün as saying.

Exceptions have been made, however, in cases involving the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Gülen movement, a religious group accused by Ankara of orchestrating the 2016 failed coup attempt, the Islamic State (ISIS) and the Pelican group,  a clique of media figures believed to have strong influence over ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials, Üstün said.

"The purpose behind this decision is for everyone in our society to abandon the past and turn to the future,’’ Üstün said in a statement.

The move by the former ruling party heavyweight arrives a day before an Istanbul court is set to deliver a verdict in the Gezi Park trial, the biggest anti-government protests since Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2002.  in which 16 suspects, including activists, lawyers, journalists and actors, are facing a total of 47,520 years in prison on charges of attempting to violently overthrow the government by organising the protests.

"We take this opportunity to renew our call for an independent and impartial judiciary for freedom of thought and coexistence,’’ Üstün said. 

Davutoğlu launched the Future Party in December to rival the ruling Islamist party of Erdoğan in a move that analysts maintain may peel away the conservative Muslim voters of the AKP, who have kept it in power for 17 years.