A police officer who was appointed as manager to a municipal company by a state-appointed mayor is accused of harassing and soliciting a woman searching for a job in the south-eastern province of Mardin, critical daily Sozcu reported on Wednesday.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) appointed Mardin governor Mustafa Yaman as Mardin mayor in November 2016, replacing Ahmet Turk, elected mayor from the pro-Kurdish Peoples Democratic Party (HDP)after a coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016. This was part of a crackdown on opposition parties..
During his tenure, Yaman appointed a police officer, E.U., as the manager of municipal company Kent A.S. The manager was blamed for soliciting sexual favors from a woman in return for recruiting her into the company.
A voice recording of the sexual abuse incident was reportedly shared via social media.
On Wednesday, HDP Mardin MP Ebru Gunay put forward a written parliamentary inquiry to Vice President Fuat Oktay questioning the detail of the incident and the measures to be taken.
Later Mardin Police Department released a written statement announcing that investigations, both legal and administrative, have been carried out regarding the alleged abuse case and that the officer has been suspended from his managerial post in the company.
Last week, Mardin’s former state-appointed mayor, governor Yaman, came to the fore with a news report on his lavish excess.
According to the report by the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya (MA) news agency, Yaman spent 1,436,345 lira (240,000 $) from the municipal budget to pay for feasts while hosting seniors from the ruling AKP during his appointed mayorship just before the March 31 local election.
AKP’s crackdown on opposition HDP
After the July 2016 coup attempt, a law enacted in September granted the Interior Ministry the right to dismiss mayors and municipal council members from their posts.
So far AKP has replaced 95 democratically elected HDP mayors with appointed administrators in the predominantly Kurdish southeast region of the country, with 71 of them being arrested on terrorism-related charges.