Turkish gov’t files complaint against ex-opposition MP for ‘denigrating’ nation

The Turkish Interior Ministry has filed a criminal complaint against a former main opposition lawmaker for allegedly insulting the Turkish nation and parliament, Diken news site reported.

Former opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker and actor Berhan Şimşek is accused of defaming the government and judiciary over his remarks on Habertürk TV earlier this week, it said.

“The governor is militant, the judiciary is, the district governor is militant, and the governor is militant,” Şimşek said during a discussion programme, where he criticised government policies under Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

The application submitted by the government said Şimşek’s remarks went “beyond criticism’’ and were “belittling and derogatory.’’