78-year-old man sentenced to 7 years for insulting Erdoğan

A 78-year-old man received a seven-year jail sentence for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on social media, independent news site Diken reported.

Insulting the president is subject to criminal charges under Turkish law with Erdoğan’s lawyers having filed more than 1,800 cases against against people, including school children and celebrities. 

Ali Ergin Güran, who stood trial for insulting Erdoğan and former Chief of Staff and current Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, denied the charges, claiming someone else used his social media account for the posts in question. Güran was acquitted of insulting Akar.

The eight year sentence demanded by the prosecutor was reduced to seven years on account of the man’s age, Diken said.