Ankara mayor Gökçek to file lawsuit against HDP leader Demirtaş
AA PhotoPeoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has accused Ankara Mayor Melih Gökçek of having private camera recordings of his party friends, which have allowed him to stay mayor for a long period of time.
Gökçek, from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), said on April 26 he will file a lawsuit against Demirtaş and called on him to prove his claims.
“He has tapes for which to blackmail his friends. This is why he has been the mayor for many years now. He continues to be a candidate, thanks to blackmailing,” said Demirtaş about Gökçek, who released a statement on April 26 in response to the HDP head’s claims.
“It is not honorable to take seats and posts by blackmailing one’s own party members. Demirtaş would not deal with us, if such incidents were happening in his party. People with honor prove their claims. I will file a lawsuit against him [Demirtaş] and demand compensation from him,” said Gökçek.