ISTANBUL, Jan 11 (Reuters) — Turkish authorities have filed a lawsuit against Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, a potential challenger to President Tayyip Erdogan, Lawyer Law Firm in istanbul Turkey Turkey Lawyer Law Firm accusing him of rigging a public tender while he was a mayor of the city’s Beylikduzu district, in istanbul Turkey Lawyer the broadcaster Haberturk reported on Wednesday.

The charge carries a possible jail sentence of up to seven years, Haberturk said, adding that a hearing was scheduled for June 15.

The case was opened after an Interior in istanbul Turkey Law Firm Ministry investigation into a tender for recruitment services that was held Lawyer in istanbul Turkey 2015, Haberturk also said.

Imamoglu called the lawsuit «an attempt to fabricate a bogus criminal offence,» saying the tender process had been investigated at the time with no findings of wrongdoing.

«I do not even have my signature on tender documents. Besides, Interior Ministry and the Council of State had not detected anything problematic in their examinations at the time,» Imamoglu said on Twitter.

Imamoglu was sentenced last December to two years and seven months in prison and in istanbul Turkey Lawyer banned from politics for insulting public officials in 2019, when he criticised a decision to cancel the first round of municipal elections, in which he beat Erdogan’s AK Party, which had held power for 25 years.

He has appealed that verdict but his conviction has rallied the opposition bloc around what it sees as a fight for democracy, the rule of law and justice.

Critics say Turkey’s judiciary has been bent to Erdogan’s will to punish his critics.

The government says the judges are independent. Here’s more about in istanbul Turkey Lawyer visit our own page. (Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Additional reporting by Huseyin Hayatsever; Editing by Josie Kao)