Turkish court upholds prison sentence for main opposition Istanbul chair Kaftancıoğlu

An appeals court in Ankara has upheld a prison sentence for the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul provincial chairwoman Canan Kaftancıoğlu, on charges including terrorist propaganda and insulting the president, Habertürk reported on Tuesday.

Kaftancıoğlu was sentenced to nine years, eight months and 20 days in prison in September of 2019 on a string of charges, including  "insulting the president," "inciting people to animosity and hatred," and "conducting propoganda for a terrorist organisation."

The Istanbul provincial head became a rising star in the opposition after the March 31 local elections, and is credited as the person behind the CHP's victory in Istanbul, which had been controlled by Islamist parties since 1994.

The ruling arrives on the anniversary of a revote in Istanbul after the ruling Justice and Development Party contested the initial polls.

Kaftancıoğlu may appeal the decision with the Supreme Court.