Veteran comedians facing jail sentence for insulting Erdoğan

A Turkish prosecutor’s office is seeking a prison sentence of up to four years each for two veteran Turkish comedians on charges of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The indictment prepared by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office is based on statements made by comedian and actors Metin Akpınar and Müjdat Gezen on a TV programme on Dec. 21, 2018, SoL news site reported on Tuesday.

The trial of the pair is set to being in the upcoming days, SoL said. 

In Turkey, insulting the president carries a jail sentence of between one and four years.

The Turkish government has been using social media posts, cartoons, news reports and other articles as evidence for charging people with insulting the president. And the number of cases have increased dramatically since current president Erdoğan assumed office in 2014.