Photo from Mehmet Kocadon's Facebook page.
After just under 100 days in jail, Mehmet Kocadon elected, but now deposed, Mayor of Bodrum, had his day in court on Thursday 6th September. A convoy of supporters left Bodrum for Muğla early in the morning and crowded outside the courthouse for most of the day. The hope had been that the man most still consider to be Bodrum's rightful mayor, would be returning with them that day, but the hearing was extended to a second day and the convoy had to come home empty handed. On Friday a repeat performance was enacted and gradually the news started to filter through that Mr. Kocadon had been released on bail and was on his way back to Bodrum. As the celebrations started, news also began to surface that Kemal Merkit, Turkey's first competitor in the Paris-Dakkar rally, had been killed in a race in Anatolia. Kemal started his motorcycle career during the 1980s and 90s while he was resident in Bodrum. His ever increasingly arduous races on both bikes and in jeeps gained him the nickname "Desert Tiger". The jubilations to welcome home Mehmet Kocadon continued into the night but for long term Bodrum residents, the day was overshadowed with great sadness.