Turkish opposition leader first charged under new 'fake' law

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 Turkish opposition leader first charged under new 'fake' law

Turkey's General Security Directorate has filed a lawsuit against an opposition leader after he accused the government of widespread drug trafficking in the country, the Turkish minute news website reported Thursday.

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party, accused the ruling Justice and Development Party, in particular Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, of being involved in aiding money laundering and drug trafficking in Turkey earlier this week.

The opposition leader said that the government is using the “black money” coming into Turkey from the drug trade to cover the country's current account deficit.

In connection with the statements made by Kılıçdaroğlu, which were made in the video he posted on Twitter on October 31, the General Command of the Gendarmerie and Minister Soylu announced that they would open a criminal case against him.

According to Arta Gercek, the EGM complaint was the first one filed against a politician based on Article 29 of Turkey's recent the “disinformation” law, which criminalizes the dissemination of “false or misleading information”; and carries a prison sentence of one to three years.

The law, which was approved by parliament and then signed into law by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last month, drew widespread criticism from human rights groups and the opposition over the allegations in that it will lead to further restrictions on freedom of speech in Turkey.

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