CHP Istanbul chair files lawsuits against Erdoğan, Soylu over ‘terror’ accusations

The provincial head of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) on Tuesday filed a criminal complaint against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, demanding damages over their remarks linking the official to terrorism.

CHP’s Canan Kaftancıoğlu is suing Erodğan over his remarks last week, labelling the opposition official as a member of the outlawed far-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C), Diken news site said.

The lawsuit against Soylu stems from a Twitter post last week, calling Kaftancıoğlu “the court jester of terrorist organisations.’’

Kaftancıoğlu is demanding one million liras ($133,563) in damages each from Erdoğan and Soylu, according to Diken.

The DHKP-C,which Turkey includes on its list of terrorist organisations, has a history of carrying out attacks and assassinations in Turkey since the 1980s.

Kaftancıoğlu is widely credited as the person behind the CHP's victory in Istanbul in the March 2019 local elections.