Jul 31 2018

78-year-old man receives jail sentence for insulting Erdoğan

A 78-year-old man received a jail sentence of eight years and two months for allegedly insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on social media, secular Cumhuriyet daily reported.

Insulting the president is subject to criminal charges under Turkish law, and Turkey’s strongman has sued critics, including ordinary citizens, in large numbers for allegedly insulting him. His lawyers have filed more than 1,800 cases against against people, including school children and a former Miss Turkey.

In his defence, Ali Ergin G. said that only some of the messages on social media pertaining to Turkey’s strongman belonged to him and others were posted without his knowledge.

The public prosecutor requested Ali Ergin G.’s prison sentence be reconsidered based on the defendant’s age and status. The case has been postponed to a later date.