A 42-year-old Dutch woman of Turkish origin was detained in Antalya on the Mediterranean Sea for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Dutch and Turkish media reported on Saturday.
According to the Dutch daily “De Telegraaf”, a woman who was on holiday on the south coast Turkey, was filmed on a mobile phone in a cafe making derogatory remarks about Erdogan. According to the Turkish daily Milliyet, the 42-year-old criticized the Turkish president sharply, and witnesses reported it to the police. “After establishing the woman’s identity, the police decided to detain her on charges of insulting the Turkish president,” reports Milliyet.
This is the second such case since a year ago, a Turkish court ordered the arrest pending trial of 52-year-old TV journalist Sedef Kabas on charges of insulting the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which is punishable by one to four years in prison.
Since Erdogan took power in 2014, tens of thousands of people in Turkey have been prosecuted and convicted for the crime of insulting the president. Official figures show that between 2014 and 2020, more than 160,000 investigations were initiated, more than 35,000 indictments were filed, and nearly 13,000 people were convicted.
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