Turkish actress sentenced to prison for insulting Erdogan

A Turkish court sentenced a Turkish actress to prison for “insulting President Erdogan”. This is a new reference to die increasing number of critics of the Turkish President, die have been investigated or prosecuted.

The Istanbul Criminal Court sentenced the first instance on Tuesday die Turkish actress “Nilofar Aydan” for “insulting the president” to 11 months and 20 days in prison.

“We want to punish the accused,” said President Erdogan’s attorney, “Gok Han Arslanoglu” during the trial, while the accused’s attorney demanded the accused’s acquittal, claiming that die His client’s posts are political criticism.

In the indictment of the Anatolian Public Prosecutor’s Office in Istanbul he said that Nilofar Aidan committed the crime, die President in their posts on their social media accounts in to insult the years 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The indictment called for the suspect to be sentenced to between one year and 5 months and 8 years and two months in prison for “one after another insulting the President.”

The Turkish Public Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation into a total of 128,872 citizens for “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan between 2014 and 2019, while around 27,717 lawsuits were filed with the same allegation die Cumhuriyet Newspaper in their Monday edition.

Opponents say who in the Turkish Constitution’s allegation of insulting the President of the Republic has become an instrument with which die Ruling party and Erdogan’s government punish government critics, and die Libel allegations often relate to comments made on the president.

Of the 27,717 cases, in who were insulted by the President involved 903 people under the age of 18.

More recently, women die Participated in a women’s march on International Women’s Day on March 8, investigated for “insulting” the president with a slogan created by the demonstrators: “Jump, jump, you are good when you are not.”

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