Lawyers demand police protection after assasination warning against Istanbul mayor
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu was on high alert on Thursday after an undisclosed person called the city’s call center warning an assasination plot was being planned against him, several months after a murder convict claimed he had information the mayor was going to be murdered.
The call said eight armed men who held photos of Imamoglu in their hands were talking among themselves saying they would go to Imamoglu’s house and the city hall claiming an unidentified pharmacist also witnessed the scene. The informer said security cameras also captured the videos of the incident, according to a report by Turkey’s Halk TV.
After the call, Imamoglu’s lawyers applied to the prosecutor's office saying the mayor’s life was in grave danger.
Later in the day, the governor’s office identified the informer with his initials as H.O. and said this person suffered from atypical mood disorder who had 50 cases in his criminal record, 40 of them consisting of hoax calls.
Ekrem Imamoglu has been subject to another assasination plot claim back in March when a murder convict claimed some groups were planning to murder the mayor.
In March, Osman Yıldırım, a convict for the murder of the Council of State in 2006, wrote a letter from prison and tipped off the authorities about the assassination plans.