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".


Baskin Oran
Baskin Oran filed a criminal complaint against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

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.