Police detain suspect over death threat against Istanbul mayor

Police detain suspect over death threat against Istanbul mayor Ankara police on Wednesday detained a suspect accused of issuing a death threat to the opposition mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem İmamoğlu. 

Officers from the city’s cybercrime department raided the home of the suspect in Ankara, seizing electronic devices, after an investigation on the e-mailed death threat to İmamoğlu led police there, T24 news site reported.

The detention follows a criminal complaint by İmamoğlu, who on March 27 received a message, threatening to "spill the blood” of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) mayor.

"Look, you pathetic [person] called İmamoğlu, I will spill your blood and make you drink it,’ the email said. "I notify the person I am going to kill beforehand.’’

The Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday said it gave the orders for the suspect to be taken into police custody on March 30.