Türkiye: Kilicdaroglu sues Erdogan over fake video

Türkiye: Kilicdaroglu sues Erdogan over fake video

In the final days of the election campaign in Turkey, the fight is going on with hard drums. Now challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu is suing President Erdogan.

Three days before the run-off election in Turkey, opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu sued President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for 50,000 dollars (around 46,000 euros) for broadcasting a fake election campaign video. “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 a commander of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) apparently calling for support for the opposition. The PKK is classified as a terrorist organization by Turkey and its western allies.

Erdogan showed the video during official campaign appearances in Turkey

Erdogan has repeatedly shown the video at rallies, but this week conceded that it was a montage – and not an official opposition-produced campaign video, 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.

stern correspondent on the biggest election campaign issue in Turkey

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.

Source: Stern

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