HSBC Turkey Chief To Stand Trial For Insulting Erdogan In April

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HSBC’s Selim Kervanci was being investigated by the prosecutor’s office over a video he retweeted during the so-called Gezi protests in 2013.

(Bloomberg) --The Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Holdings’ Turkish unit will stand trial over allegations that he insulted Recep Tayyip Erdogan during anti-government protests six years ago, according to documents seen by Bloomberg and the office of the president’s lawyer.

An Istanbul court accepted an indictment by prosecutor Tuncay Karcioglu on 24 January, the documents show. The first hearing will be held on 11 April, according to the office of Ahmet Ozel, a lawyer for Erdogan listed in the indictment. Insulting Erdogan or other public officials is a crime in Turkey.

Kervanci’s Istanbul-based lawyer, Nazli Kara, did not return calls to her office for comment. The bank executive also did not respond to a call to his mobile number and did not immediately reply to a text message. The prosecutor and HSBC Turkey’s press office declined to comment.