İzmir mayor on trial over embezzlement charges
A crowd has gathered in front of the courthouse to support the city mayor. DHA photoAn İzmir court has begun hearing a case over embezzlement and fraud charges in the city's municipality today, with the city mayor among the suspects.
A total of 130 suspects, including Aziz Kocaoğlu, the mayor of İzmir from the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), face charges of official misconduct, forgery, bribery, embezzlement, rigging state tenders, concealing a crime, protecting criminals and establishing and managing a crime syndicate.
A large crowd gathered outside the courthouse to show their support for Kocaoğlu. Suspects arriving at the courthouse had difficulties entering the building due to the crowd blocking their way.
The first session of the hearing will last until April 13.