September 6, 2019 / 2:04 PM / 11 days ago

Istanbul mayor believes higher court will reverse main opposition ruling

FILE PHOTO: Mayor of Istanbul Ekrem Imamoglu of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) addresses his supporters from the top of a bus outside the City Hall in Istanbul, Turkey, June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Kemal Aslan

ANKARA (Reuters) - Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said on Friday he believed a court ruling sentencing the main opposition’s Istanbul chairwoman to nearly 10 years in prison would be reversed by higher courts, adding that he was saddened by the decision.

A Turkish court on Friday sentenced the prominent opposition official for insulting the president and spreading terrorist propaganda, a lawmaker from the main opposition party said. Imamoglu was speaking to reporters in the coastal province of Izmir.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Jonathan Spicer

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