Turkey launches investigation over far-right Dutch politician’s Erdoğan remarks

Turkish prosecutors have launched an investigation into remarks by Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders calling President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan a “terrorist,”NTV reportedon Tuesday.

The investigation was opened following a Feb. 15 Twitter post by the leader of Netherland’s Party for Freedom, which included a photograph and written insult about the Turkish president, NTV cited the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office as saying.

Wilders’ tweet also called for Turkey’s expulsion from NATO while urging Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to expel the Turkish ambassador to the Netherlands. 

Spokesman for Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Ömer Çelik reacted to Wilders’ remarks on Monday,  calling the Dutch politician an  “inhumane fascist’’ in a Twitter post.

Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun also blasted Wilders over the remarks.

“No word that Geert Wilders and his merry band of neo-Nazis ever uttered has amounted to anything,’’ Altun tweeted.

Wilders, known for his anti-Islam and immigration rhetoric, in October had shared a derogatory cartoon of Erdoğan,sparking backlash from top AKP officials.