Turkish composer, professor sue president for calling them traitors
A Turkish composer and a college professor have filed a criminal complaint against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan demanding he be prosecuted and pay compensation for calling them "traitors, vile degenerates, and so-called artists".
Erdoğan also said last month that the 170 signatories of a declaration calling for an end to Turkey’s operation against the Kurdish-controlled Syrian enclave of Afrin were “human shields to the terrorists and abetting the separatist terrorist organisations".
Professor Baskın Oran and composer Şanar Yurdatapan, among the 170 signatories of the declaration, submitted a CD including televised Erdoğan’s speeches as evidence to the court.
Oran and Yurdatapan said in a statement: "The president's derogatory words constitute a crime of insult according to the Turkish Criminal Code Article 125.”
More importantly, they said the president's statement “qualifies as hate speech and constitutes a crime according to Turkish Penal Code Article 216. President Erdoğan must be tried and sentenced due to continuous and frequent crimes against diversity”.
The pair demanded 1 lira ($0.26) in compensation.