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Former MP Refuses to Pay 98 Speeding Fines

Ergun Vehbi

A former MP Ergun Vehbi, has refused to pay fines after receiving 98 speeding tickets.

Mr. Vehbi, aged 78, who was a member of the CTP, said that he had been photographed by police cameras. These are not legal, he claimed. He is appealing against a decision by Kyrenia District Court to fine him a total of 20,700TL

The former MP was also issued a fix-penalty fine of 1,000TL in 2018 by Kyrenia court. He appealed the decision saying that the use speed cameras is unconstitutional.

Mr Vehbi’s appeal also covers 19 other fines that are pending before Lefkoşa District Court. If he fails to pay the fines he could be sentenced to 10 days in prison for each unpaid fine, reports said. He also complained that the court decision had been made in his absence.

A first hearing at the Court of Appeals has been postponed until 20 November.

Mr Vehbi, who was in a wheelchair after breaking his leg at home, told reporters outside Lefkosa Court that:

Using the photos as records for criminal cases [involving speeding] is against the relevant law. This is not a fine. The state is extorting its citizens, which is also unconstitutional.

According to relatives of Mr Vehbi was served between 30 to 40 fines “all at once because of staff shortages”.

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