Turkish opposition leader summoned to testify
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s opposition party has complained of harassment after a prosecutor summoned its leader to testify for alleged “insults,” despite a legal immunity that protects legislators from prosecution.
The Dogan news agency said Wednesday the prosecutor — who later retracted the summons — was acting upon a legal complaint filed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s son, who accused Kemal Kilicdaroglu of insulting him. There was no confirmation of the report.
The party accused the prosecutor of acting to “please” and “obey” Erdogan. A senior official from Erdogan’s party acknowledged that the prosecutor had violated the Constitution by summoning Kilicdaroglu.
Kilicdaroglu has accused Erdogan and family members of being corrupt after a series of recordings suggesting graft and bribery were leaked onto the Internet. Erdogan says the recordings are fabricated.