University student faces 4 years, 6 months sentence for insulting ErdoIan

A 21-year-old university student is facing the prospect of up to four-and-a-half years in prison for posts on Twitter that are alleged to have insulted President Recep Tayyip ErdoIan when he was prime minister According to the private DoIan news agency, the Izmir Police Department’s Cyber Crimes Unit launched an investigation on Feb. 6 of last year against Alp A, who is studying at the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences at Izmir’s Ege Universi

A 21-year-old university student is facing the prospect of up to four-and-a-half years in prison for posts on Twitter that are alleged to have insulted President Recep Tayyip ErdoIan when he was prime minister

According to the private DoIan news agency, the Izmir Police Departmentand#39s Cyber Crimes Unit launched an investigation on Feb.

6 of last year against Alp A, who is studying at the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences at Izmirand#39s Ege University, on charges of posting comments insulting then-Prime Minister ErdoIan. The cybercrimes unit then passed the file to the Izmir Public Prosecutorand#39s Office and Prosecutor Ali Fuat TaIkIn opened a criminal case against the university student on the charge of insulting a public official regarding the performance of his duties.

The prosecutor is seeking a prison sentence of between 18 months and four-and-a-half years, as per the Turkish Penal Code (TCK).

During his testimony to the police, Alp A confirmed that the Twitter account belongs to him and that he has been managing the account since 2013.

The student expressed regret over the post.

Alp A is expected to appear before the court in the near future.

Dozens of people, including journalists, high school students, activists and even a former Miss Turkey, have been prosecuted for insulting ErdoIan on social media

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SOURCE: Today’s Zaman