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Former Miss Turkey jailed 14-months for insulting President Erdogan



Former Miss Turkey jailed 14-months for insulting President Erdogan
A court in Turkey has slammed model Merve Buyuksarac with a 14-month suspended prison sentence for insulting President Tayyip Erdogan through a poem posted on her Instagram page.
The court in Istanbul found the 27-year-old guilty of insulting a public official but suspended the sentence on condition she does not repeat the act for the next five years, local media said on Tuesday.
Recall that last year, Buyuksarac (who was crowned Miss Turkey in 2006) was briefly detained for sharing the poem on Instagram in 2014.
It was called “the Master’s Poem” and referred to a high-level Turkish corruption scandal in 2014.
A formal objection to the verdict and an appeal for her case would be filed by her lawyer, Emre Telci, at the Strasbourg, France-based European Court of Justice.
“These insult trials are being initiated in series, they are being filed automatically,” Telci said.
“Merve was prosecuted for sharing a posting that did not belong to her. My client has been convicted for words that do not belong to her.” Telci added.
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