President Erdogan’s attempt to ban his popular rival, Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu was certainly to be expected. However, it is the traditional role and indeed duty of the Sabbatean-controlled Derin Devlet deep state domestic intelligence apparatus to ensure free and fair elections in Turkey. The notion of banning a mainstream Kemalist figure such as Imamoglu is surely outrageous. This means crossing a red line and is therefore completely unacceptable. The Derin Devlet would be particularly well-advised to take resolute and timely action to prevent Erdogan from any further antidemocratic tampering with the June 2023 elections, including making sure that Mr. Imamoglu can potentially run in the presidential election as the opposition may want to choose him as their consensus candidate.