Turkish court convicts Twitter user named 'Allah' for insulting religion

Turkish court convicts Twitter user named 'Allah' for insulting religion

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Turkish court convicts Twitter user named Allah for insulting religion

The Turkish user behind the controversial Twitter account named "Allah" has been convicted by a court.

According to local reports published on Dec. 28, the math teacher in the eastern Turkish province of Muş, identified only as Ertan P., was sued by an unidentified citizen in the western province of Eskişehir for allegedly "insulting religious values."

The 3rd Criminal Court of First Instance in Muş initially sentenced the suspect to 11 months and 20 days in prison this week, before converting the jail term to a fine amounting 7,000 Turkish Liras, the reports said.

Meanwhile, the plaintiff told journalists that he would appeal to the ruling, claiming that the suspect "should have been sent to prison for making fun of Allah and prophets." 

"I will also file a separate lawsuit for damages. I will give away the compensation I will get by distributing free Quran copies," he added.

In a similar vein with "TheTweetOfGod" in English, the controversial Twitter account in Turkish was sending sarcastic tweets, sometimes critical of Islam and other religions, as well as sects.

"I'll send --not one, two or three but-- four books. Still I can't succeed," was one of the latest tweets from the Turkish account before it was deleted earlier this month.

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