Netherlands investigates man who insulted Erdoğan

The Netherlands has opened an investigation into a 64-year-old Dutch man who sent five emails to the Turkish embassy in The Hague insulting the Turkish president, BBC Turkish said.

The man, from the southern city of Sittard, called President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan a “pig”, compared him to Adolf Hitler and photoshopped him into a Nazi uniform.

“The Dutch judiciary are taking orders from the dictator Erdoğan,” far-right Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders said in response to the investigation.

“Rather than catching real criminals, the judiciary is kissing Erdoğan’s feet.”

The man could face up to eight months in prison over a law against insulting the leaders of friendly countries.

Erdoğan called the Dutch government “Nazi remnants and fascists” last year during a dispute over whether Turkish officials could hold rallies in the country during a referendum campaign.

The case is due to be heard on Friday.