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Turkish teenager in jail for drawing a mustache on the president


Highlights: A man has drawn a mustache on a poster of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The man was arrested and charged with insulting the president. The incident happened in Mersin, on the south-east coast of Turkey, on Tuesday night. He was released on bail and will have to appear before a court again on May 28th, when he will be charged with the crime of insulting the head of state. He will also have to pay a fine of up to $1,000. The case is being investigated by the Turkish court of appeals.

Identified by surveillance camera footage, the young man was charged with insulting the president.

A sixteen-year-old teenager was arrested and jailed Tuesday night in Turkey for drawing a mustache to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on one of his campaign posters, reports the Turkish press.

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According to several media close to the opposition, such as the daily newspapers BirGun, Cumhuriyet and the private television channel Halk TV, the high school student from Mersin, on the south-east coast of the country, was accused of having "drawn with a ballpoint pen a mustache of Hitler and written insulting comments" on a poster of the head of state, pasted near his home.

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Identified thanks to surveillance cameras, says the press, he was arrested at the family home and questioned by the juvenile brigade where "he admitted to having drawn the mustache but denied the comments" that accompanied him. Brought before the prosecutor, he was immediately charged with "insulting the president" and incarcerated in the juvenile center of Tarsus prison, near Mersin, says Halk TV.

In power for twenty years, Recep Tayyip Erdogan was re-elected on 28th May with 52% of the vote in the second round of the presidential election for a new five-year presidential term. "Insulting the president" is one of the most frequent charges in Turkey where it was handed down 16,753 times in 2022, according to statistics from the Ministry of Justice.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2023-06-07

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