Erdoğan filing lawsuit against opposition leader over remarks on family wealth

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is preparing to file a lawsuit against the main opposition leader, demanding damages for his claims on Erdoğan and his family’s wealth abroad, Sabah newspaper said on Monday.

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu in an interview published by Cumhuriyet daily on Monday said the Turkish president and his family members should bring their wealth back to Turkey.

"If Erdoğan and his family love the nation, they should bring their wealth located abroad to Turkey. They have billions,’’ the CHP leader told Cumhuriyet.

Erdoğan is set to demand 2 million lira (approximately $270,600) in damages, Sabah said.

"Despite paying damages for similar groundless claims in the past, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu continues with his customary policy of lies and slander,’’ Erdoğan’s lawyer, Ahmet Özel, said.

In February, Erdoğan filed a lawsuit against Kılıçdaroğlu over his remarks designating Erdoğan as the top figure in the political wing of the outlawed Gülen religious group, which Ankara accuses of orchestrating the July 2016 coup attempt.