The car could now be sold to help pay a 30,000TL bill for electricity used by the municipality – including 15,000TL interest for late payment and legal fees.
“Shall I ride a donkey [to work]?” asked Mr Coşkun on Wednesday as three officers arrived to remove the vehicle, said to be worth some £16,000.
Yesterday Mr Coşkun kept his word and travelled the 1km distance from his home to office on the back of a donkey.
The bill from electricity authority Kıb-Tek relates to energy used by Dipkarpaz Municipality since 2010.
The mayor’s five-year-old Mercedes E250 will be put up for sale if the money is not paid within a week.
Mr Coşkun, who became mayor in 2014, said the police officers demanded that he paid the 30,000TL bill “in cash within 15 minutes” and that they refused to accept a cheque.
“I offered to pay in cash the following day but they refused and then left with the car, which I regard as unreasonable,” he said.
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