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A 52-year-old Turkish man has been sentenced to one year and three months in prison for insulting Turkish President Abdullah Gül on social networking site Facebook, Anatolia news agency reported.
 
Ali Cemal Ağırman said he was unaware that the post constituted a crime, demanding his release. The court, however, sentenced him to one year and three months in prison for "insulting the president."

Ağırman is also being tried for insulting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

September/25/2012

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Bozuk Türkçe

11/5/2012 4:37:45 PM

@Mark Tak "no one is in the street to protest" Did you miss Oct 29th?

Cem Ian Hanley

9/30/2012 11:11:36 PM

I am scared to write anything here

O D

9/30/2012 11:48:20 AM

No human rights and no freedom of speech. The EU will always find it easy to say no to Turkey, thanks to AKP's 'reforms'.

illawarrior hill

9/28/2012 5:26:17 AM

Most western countries insult their leaders on a daily basis

Brian Irlanda

9/27/2012 10:15:53 PM

Turkish politicians should take note of President Obamas comment on democracy. "People sometimes say awful things about me but as President of a democratic country l will defend their right to do so with my life"

mara mcglothin

9/27/2012 3:10:18 PM

So THESSALONIAN I agree with you. Normal Middle Class Turks are not "sleeping at the wheel" they are "hiding in the trunk" The majority are already planning their escape. If it ever gets to hot for them, they will simply leave the masses and retire to their house in Paris or Miami. Simple. No one will step forward and try and till the shoes of Ataturk. Turkey needs a statesman! Fast!

Thessalonian

9/27/2012 12:51:38 AM

@Mark Tak. You wrote "Turks are sleeping in the wheel, and their country going to hell and no one is in the street to protest..." That is partially the truth. However, I believe Turks are not "sleeping in the wheel", they are simply afraid to stage political protests against Mr. Erdogan and his AKP Islamist authoritarians. The unjust and artificial charges against Sevil Sevimli validate the latter. Hence, democracy, human rights and freedoms are also "sleeping in the wheel" in Turkey. Regards

Sev Cihan

9/26/2012 11:21:33 PM

@ cem in the western world it is more aldous huxleys version in the east it is orwells

ilker avni

9/26/2012 9:05:23 PM

@ Mark Tak Your comment sounds like incitement,becarefull your not locked up,or beemed up.I remember years ago at Istanbul airport,a British passport holding Turkish Cypriot women in her sixties being arrested for insulting the nation,because her flight was canceled.The british consulant pleaded for her release,she was finaly released because she was sick..Perhapes Turkey should have a warning sign like they do on the cigaretes packets.You enter Turkey at your peril.

mara mcglothin

9/26/2012 6:53:21 PM

Good one AMERICAN AMERICAN MURAT Don't be surprised when you read an anti jihadist poster on the NY subway. it is simply a custom of America. Simple.
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