Erdoğan sues CHP leader for TL 1.5 million in damages for pain and suffering

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (L) and CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday filed a lawsuit against main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu for TL 1.5 million in non-pecuniary damages for insulting himself and his family, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Ahmet Özel, a lawyer for Erdoğan, said that Kılıçdaroğlu said in a speech in Istanbul on Nov. 21: “Dear Erdoğan, do you know that your children, your brother-in-law, the father-in-law of your [son], your brother and your former principal clerk have sent millions of dollars to a tax haven?”

“Dear Erdoğan, you speak well, influence people, play with all of their values, politicize all their values, trying by all means to stay in power. I am asking a simple question to you [Erdoğan]. Have your children sent a million dollars abroad?” Kılıçdaroğlu added.

According to the report, Erdoğan has demanded TL 500,000 in damages for himself and TL 1 million for his children and relatives.

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  1. By rights. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan should be getting sued himself by the many he’s insulted and threatened. He should be getting sued by the protesters who got hurt in Washington. Let’s think about this a little: if HE can sue an MP who has legal immunity, then surely HE can BE sued by the same reasoning, and he can hardly cry ‘foul’ now, can he?