An Istanbul police officer has been suspended after video footage of Iranian YouTuber Milad Hatami surfaced, showing him driving a police patrol car on Dec. 17, a Saturday when the nationwide lockdown was in effect.
İranlı Milad Hatami isimli Youtuber, Türkiye'de sokağa çıkma yasağının olduğu saatlerde polis aracıyla dolaştı. pic.twitter.com/tvc3OjqdEG— TTA Haber (@ttahaber) December 18, 2020
Independent lawmaker Ümit Özdağ drew attention to footage of the YouTuber, but Hatami had already broadcast himself behind the wheel of the police car on his social media.
Istanbul Police have said that Hatami recorded the footage in the car after being transported to the police station to give a statement on an unspecified legal matter, but that he is still facing prosecution for the video.
Hatami has previously been fined more than a thousand liras for attempting to sell watermelons out of his Lamborghini in Istanbul's Beyoğlu district.