A FORMER MP has accused the state of “extortion” after refusing to pay more than 100 speeding tickets.
Ergün Vehbi, 78, an ex-Republican Turkish Party (CTP) MP, asked the Court of Appeal on Wednesday to overturn a judgment issued in his absence on 19 June, 2018,byGirne District Court ordering him to pay a total of 20,700TL from 98 separate fines.
Failure to settle the bill could result in Mr Vehbi being sentenced to 10 days in prison for each unpaid fine, reports said.
Mr Vehbi’s appeal also covers 19 other fines that are pending before Lefkoşa District Court.
Speaking to reporters outside the Lefkoşa court buildings in a wheelchair after breaking his leg in a fall at home, Mr Vehbi said that he had refused to pay the fines because they were based on photos taken by speed cameras.
“Using the photos as records for criminal cases [involving speeding] is against the relevant law,” he claimed.
“This is not a fine. The state is extorting its citizens, which is also unconstitutional.”
Relatives of Mr Vehbi also claimed that “30 to 40” of the fines had been served “all at once” due to “staff shortages”.
Court of Appeal Judge Bertan Özerdağ, supported by judges Beril Çağdal and Peri Hakkı, adjourned the case to November 20.
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