İmamoğlu’s reaction to the decisions taken about Kavala and Kaftancıoğlu: The sense of justice was shaken

İBB President Ekrem İmamoğlu emphasized that the sense of justice in Turkey was shaken with the approval of the prison sentence given to Istanbul Provincial President Canan Kaftancıoğlu and the life sentence given to businessman Osman Kavala in the Gezi Park case, and said: “I know that it is a political decision, not a decision about justice. There can be no such thing as a thought crime no matter what political view one has,” he said.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu met with university students as part of the 19 May Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day celebrations.

IMM President İmamoğlu, who came together with young people from 24 different universities at the Istanbul Planning Agency (IPA), talked about the activities of IMM for young people.

İmamoğlu stated that freedom has been eroded in Turkey. Businessperson Osman Kavala in the Gezi Park caseto aggravated life imprisonment and the other defendants to 18 years in prison, and the 4 years, 11 months and 20 days portion of the 9 years 8 months and 20 days’ prison sentence given to Istanbul Provincial President Canan Kaftancıoğlu. to approve Reacted.

Noting that the sense of justice in Turkey was shaken with the decisions taken in both cases, İmamoğlu said:

“Although decades have passed, those who made that decision in conscience have been imprisoned. And we still judge that period, unfortunately, after the processes in which justice suffered with these bad decisions, and we regret it. We don’t want to experience such environments. Today, he has been elected to serve the country for years, enjoy it, Don’t like it. The President of this country was tried and imprisoned because of a poem. For reciting a poem. And today, Canan Kaftancıoğlu is being tried to be imprisoned or punished just because she tweeted 10-odd years ago on Twitter. This is unconscionable. These punishments given for her, It shatters the conscience of the society. There is no such thing. There is no you-me. There is no such thing as you-me in justice. Justice belongs to all of us. And in many respects, we are no longer you-me, we are.


The situation of the people who were tried and punished for their political thoughts and ideas, similar to the Gezi Trial decisions and Kaftancıoğlu, shook the sense of justice of the youth. These are people who have worked hard for you young people and future generations to have a fairer and more free livable city. I know them. One of them is Tayfun Kahraman, who has been my consultant for 10 years and my Department Head for 3 years. World’s best, city planner, devoted his life to his profession. In other words, my dear friend, comrade, who said that another park should not be destroyed, who wanted dialogue, spoke and was the chairman of a professional chamber at that time; He gets 18 years in prison. No Such Thing. I have witnessed 13 years of this person; during the time of his trial.


Therefore, I know that such unconscionable decisions, these punishments given in disregard of the law, are political decisions, not decisions about justice. I know very clearly. And by looking at your face, looking into your eyes, I say this: No matter what political view, no matter what point of view; There is no such thing as thought crime. And every person, every person who is punished for this leaves a black mark on the justice history and legal process of this country. Nothing else happens.


Through this, an attempt is made to give a message to the entire society: Let’s be silent, let’s sit down, let’s settle for a destiny imposed on us… We are not asked to demand a life based on rights. But let me be very clear; We do not and will never accept this. Do not despair. Never give up on your dreams and ideals. Do not give up. These days will pass. We are fighting for it to pass without losing our breath. We are working hard for you to exist in a better Turkey, in a better environment and to leave you a better future. In this sense, we want to achieve everything together and I believe that we will achieve it. We will continue to produce works for Istanbul. We will not stop until right, law, justice and merit come back to this city and this country. Even if we are tired, we will not stop. Because I don’t think we have time to be so tired. We will achieve this change together in the very near future.


Mustafa Kemal Atatürk defined the next generation as generations with free ideas and free conscience. He has said in many words how fond he is of the freedom of this nation. What madman can hold us back? Is it possible? He can’t. No one can pressure us. Please talk. Do not hesitate to speak your mind. And of course on the right grounds. Be careful. Not much, be careful for another year. After that, you will express your freer ideas. All kinds of ideas of young people are above my head. You will demand it, we will discuss together its possibility, its impossibility. And together, we will take a step towards the processes that we have decided with a common mind. We will also work to activate them. You will criticize, we will try to fix it. Our eyes and ears will be on you.”

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