Jun 09 2018

Parliamentary candidate files criminal complaint against Erdoğan’s son-in-law

A parliamentary candidate for a small communist party has filed a criminal complaint against Turkey’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Minister and son-in-law of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Berat Albayrak, for his mass text messages to the country’s electorate ahead of this month’s elections, secular Cumhuriyet daily reported.

Minister Albayrak, who is running as a deputy for Turkey’s leading Justice and Development Party (AKP) on June 24, angered Turkey’s electorate on social media last week when he sent two mass text messages to İstanbul’s first district voters who said their telephone numbers had been obtained without permission.

Aydemir Güler, who will be in the parliamentary race as a candidate for Turkey’s Düzen Değişmeli Platformu (The system must change) platform, is taking Albayrak to court, claiming that the minister both obtained and used voters’ cell phone numbers without their permission. The parliamentary hopeful has called on all Turkish voters to take action, Cumhuriyet said.  

The Turkish minister drew criticism last week when he praised Turkish voters for having so much trust for the leading AKP that if the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were to claim that he would build a ‘’four-lane road to the moon,’’ Turkey’s electorate would believe him.