Journalist Babahan faces two years, eight months in prison for ‘insulting’ ErdoIan’s son

An indictment seeks up to two years and eight months in prison for journalist Ergun Babahan over allegedly “insulting” President Recep Tayyip ErdoIan’s son, Bilal ErdoIan in one of his columns. An investigation was launched and subsequently a case was opened against Millet daily columnist upon a complaint by Bilal ErdoIan over his column titled “Let’s shout altogether: The thief will be called to account.

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An indictment seeks up to two years and eight months in prison for journalist Ergun Babahan over allegedly andldquoinsultingandrdquo President Recep Tayyip ErdoIanandrsquos son, Bilal ErdoIan in one of his columns.

An investigation was launched and subsequently a case was opened against Millet daily columnist upon a complaint by Bilal ErdoIan over his column titled andldquoLetandrsquos shout altogether: The thief will be called to account.

andrdquo The indictment claims that the journalist committed the crime of andldquoinsult through the mediaandrdquo in the column dated Dec. 17, 2014, the anniversary of a major corruption probe that also implicated Bilal ErdoIan.

Simultaneous operations were launched on Dec. 17 and 25 as part of a major investigation into alleged bribery linked to public tenders, corruption and bribery.

The sons of three ministers, bureaucrats and prominent businessmen, as well as the son of ErdoIan, were implicated in the scandals. In an audio clip which ErdoIan claims to be doctored, ErdoIan is heard telling his son Bilal on the phone to andldquozero,andrdquo or dispose of, all the cash in the family home, a sum claimed to be as much as $1 billion.

The telephone call between ErdoIan and his son allegedly took place in the early morning hours on the day when the first graft probe went public. But at the end of the day Bilal tells his father that 30 million euros are still left.

The next morning, however, he reassures his father that everything has been andldquozeroed,andrdquo according to the voice recording. The case against Babahan comes as more than 100 people have been charged and some detained after being accused of insulting ErdoIan in Turkey.

Anti-government journalists and public figures in particular have been targeted by the police and prosecutors on the grounds that they have insulted ErdoIan. These developments are widely considered a new method of intimidating political opponents who do not share the governmentand#39s views.

Dozens of people including journalists Sedef KabaI, Hidayet Karaca and Mehmet Baransu, high school students, activists and even Merve Banduumlyanduumlksaraandccedil — a former Miss Turkey — have been prosecuted for insulting ErdoIan on social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

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SOURCE: Today’s Zaman