2 arrested, 2 under investigation for allegedly ‘insulting’ ErdoIan

Two people were arrested late on Monday for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a public demonstration while a public prosecutor as well as an official from the pro-Kurdish Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP) are facing investigations for the same reason, several media outlets reported on Tuesday.
N.Y. and T.andc. were arrested late on Monday for allegedly insulting President Erdogan during a demonstration held in the central province of Kiriehir on Oct. 13 to protest the Ankara twin suicide bomb blasts that killed at least 102 people on Oct. 10. N.Y. was reportedly detained by officers from the Kiriehir Police Department on Monday and arrested pending trial by a court under Article 299 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK), which mandates that anyone convicted of insulting the president be sentenced to prison between one and four years.
T.andc., who was reportedly drunk when he was detained, was also arrested pending trial after his testimony was taken late on Monday.
In a related development, Adana Chief Public Prosecutor Ali Yeldan has launched an investigation into Mehmet Tuandshyran DeandshynizandshyandOandshyandcer, a public prosecutor working at the Adana Chief Public Prosecutorand’s Office, for libel and insulting President Erdogan by likening him to Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
According to a report in the SandOzcandu daily on Tuesday, a complaint had been filed by an anonymous citizen with the Prime Ministry Communication Center (BiMER)laiming DeandshynizandshyandOandshyandcer wrote a Facebook post on Sept. 10 in which he compared President Erdogan to dictator Ceausescu, who ruled Romania for 25 years with an iron fist before being ousted and executed during the 1989 anti-communist revolt in which more than 1,000 people were killed. The complaint letter was later forwarded by BiMER to the Adana Chief Prosecutorand’s Office.
Yeldan launched an investigation into DeandshynizandshyandOandshyandcer for insulting the president and later sent the investigation file to the Tarsus Chief Public Prosecutorand’s Office. The Tarsus chief public prosecutor will reportedly file a case against DenizgandOandcer in 15 days seeking a prison sentence of up to four years for insulting a and”senior public official.and”
Ceausescu was toppled on Dec. 22, 1989 after the Romanians, fed up with years of draconian rationing and communist rule, revolted. He tried to flee Bucharest by helicopter but his pilot switched sides. After a summary trial, Ceausescu and his wife were executed by a firing squad three days later.
Another investigation was launched into HDP Mudanya district branch Co-chair Azra Gandullandupinar for allegedly insulting Erdogan at a speech during a public demonstration on Oct. 13 in Mudanya. Gandullandupinar said in her speech she hopes Erdoganand’s presidential palace in Ankara would and”collapse around him.and”
Since Erdogan was elected president on Aug. 10, 2014, scores of people including journalists, intellectuals and activists as well as minors have been detained or arrested on the grounds of insulting the head of state.
Even though there is an article in the Constitution that criminalizes insulting the president, the article had not been enforced until Erdoganand’s presidency. The article is also considered a violation of the right to freedom of expression and information, which is defined by Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), to which Turkey is signatory.
Since last August, more than 700 people have been tried for insulting Erdogan, though this figure is believed to be more than 1,000 if cases that were not covered by the press are taken into account.
Erdoganand’s lawyers even file criminal complaints against people for their posts on social media such as Facebook and Twitter that are critical of the president.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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