A 47-year-old Turkish opposition leader, Canan Kaftancioglu, has been sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison by Turkish court on Friday, because of tweets she posted between 2012 and 2017 which includes terrorist propaganda and insulting government officials according to judicial sources.
The politician is a key opposition figure who helped deliver a stunning victory for colleague Ekrem Imamoglu in Istanbul’s mayoral election, dealing a major blow to Mr Erdogan.
Republican People’s Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu described Kaftancioglu as a victim of political “vengeance” and vowed to fight for justice.
The Anadolu Agency said she was found guilty of the charges of insulting the Turkish republic, state officials and Mr Erdogan as well as making terrorist propaganda and inciting public enmity.
Prosecutors sought up to 17 years in prison for her social media posts. They included a 2013 tweet referring to the co-founder of an outlawed Kurdish militant group who was killed in Paris.
Large crowds gathered outside the courthouse in Istanbul and protested against the verdict, shouting demands for “rights, laws, justice”.
“Neither you all, nor I deserved this,” Kaftancioglu said outside the courthouse, with supporters cheering her on. “If the court ruling is not in line with the law and is shaped by the wishes of political power, it means there is no law in this country,”
Commenting on the verdict, Kaftancioglu said “they think they can scare us. We will continue to speak up until the palace’s tutelage ends.’’
The former leader of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party, Selahattin Demirtas, and other party officials are in jail on terror-related charges.