Prosecutors seek jail sentence for man accused of threatening Istanbul mayor

Turkish prosecutors are demanding up to 11 years in prison for a man accused of sending a death threat to Istanbul’s mayor, Ekrem İmamoğlu.

The suspect, Tuna Görgünoğlu, was arrested on April 9, following a cyber-crime investigation tracing an e-mail sent to the İmamoğlu on March 27, threatening to "spill the blood” of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) mayor.

Görgünoğlu is accused of chain threats and insults against a public official, Diken news site said.

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

The Istanbul mayor on March 28 filed a criminal complaint against the person who wrote the e-mail.