Islam Times 22 May 2022 122022000000Sun, 22 May 2022 12:41:16 +0430 12:41 -------------------------------------------------- Title : Thousands Protest Turkish Opposition Politician’s Conviction -------------------------------------------------- Islam Times - Thousands gathered for a rally in Istanbul on Saturday to protest the conviction of leading Turkish opposition politician Canan Kaftancioglu for insulting the president and the state. Text : Demonstrators in the central district of Maltepe chanted songs and waved the opposition and national flags. Kaftancioglu, who was sentenced to just under five years in jail, heads Republican People s Party s (CHP) Istanbul branch and is one of the strongest voices in it. In 2019, she played a significant role in municipal elections in the city that saw the CHP take over the mayoralty, which had been held by President Tayyip Erdogan s AK Party and its Islamist predecessors for the last 25 years. Turkey s judicial independence has been in the spotlight in recent years, notably since a crackdown on the judiciary and other state bodies after an abortive 2016 coup and a switch to an executive presidency last year. The country s top court upheld three convictions in a ruling made public earlier this month, but reduced the prison term to four years, 11 months and 20 days.