“We have filed a lawsuit to seek accountability for the fake video,” Kilicdaroglu’s attorney Celal Celik said on Thursday.
The video links the opposition to Kurdish fighters. It shows how a commander of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) appears to be calling for support for the opposition. The PKK is classified as a terrorist organization by Turkey and its western allies.
Erdogan has repeatedly shown the video at rallies, but this week conceded that it was a montage – and not an official campaign video produced by the opposition, as he had hinted at his rallies.
According to Kilicdaroglu, he intends to donate the $50,000 to an organization that educates the children of killed Turkish soldiers.
Since none of the candidates achieved an absolute majority in the first round of the presidential election on May 14, there will be a runoff between Kilicdaroglu and Erdogan on Sunday. Erdogan just missed the majority in the first round – Kilicdaroglu was around five percentage points behind him.