Gökhan Durgun, a Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy, was fined YTL 117 after Antakya police saw him urinating near a taxi stop in Hatay on July 20, just two days before the elections.
The police record of the incident was transferred to the provincial council, which imposed a fine of YTL 117 for violating the 32nd article of the Public Wrongdoings Law. If Durgun does not pay the fee, the money will be collected from him.
"An individual who is supposed to set an example for society should not have engaged in such an act. A deputy is a role model and a representative of the public," said Antakya Mayor Mehmet Yeloğlu. Noting that Durgun was also seen arguing with a citizen and hanging unapproved posters on billboards the same day, Yeloğlu added: "Police records indicate that he swore at and a hit a few people who criticized him for his behavior. Then Durgun relieved himself in public. Municipal police took a report and the provincial council fined him for violating the law."
Durgun denied claims that he was charged YTL 117 for urinating in public. Describing the charge as a conspiracy and a "nasty" allegation, Durgun said he was at the party building working on the CHP's election campaign at the time the incident purportedly occurred. "This is a very nasty allegation that was aimed at my work. I was at the party building working on the election campaign at the time the police report was taken. I can prove this," he said.
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