Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) filed an official complaint against the social media users who shared posts about sexually assaulting CHP Istanbul Chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu.
The trolls attacked Kaftancıoğlu after she defended Başak Demirtaş, the wife of jailed former co-chair of pro-Kurdish Democratic People's Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtaş, who was also the target of a sexual threat by a user named Vedat Muti.
Both users had the green circle emoji next to their names, which ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy leader Mahir Ünal had encouraged users to adopt as a sign that they follow ethical guidelines.
Twitter user Ahmet Yağcı replied directly to a tweet that Kaftancıoğlu wrote, which urged legal action against a Vedat Muti.
While Muti was detained, the CHP Istanbul Legal Commission filed a complaint with the Büyükçekmece Chief Public Defender's Office in Istanbul.
Saying that Yağcı and another Twitter user named Enes Ateş threatened Kaftancıoğlu and calling for their detention and an investigation into the incident, the CHP Legal Commission called Muti "impertinent."
İl Hukuk Komisyonu olarak Vedat Muti isimli kendini bilmez şahsın, Başak Demirtaş’la birlikte İl Başkanımız Dr. Canan Kaftancıoğlu ile ilgili cinsiyetçi küfürlü paylaşımları nedeniyle de savcılığa suç duyusunda bulunduğumuz gibi Ahmet Yağcı hakkında da suç duyusunda bulunduk. pic.twitter.com/QwcTd7JuPl— CHP İSTANBUL HUKUK KOMİSYONU (@HukukChp) June 14, 2020
The complaint noted that the primary cause of systematic hate speech in the media is the dysfunctional legal system.
"The silence that the judiciary responds with to obviously criminal narratives is almost an encouragement and reward to criminals," the complaint said.
"We are once again warning the government to recuse its attitude of directly or indirectly harboring crime and criminals."What’s with their obsession with young girls in Turkey?