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Emrah Serbes had made a pun in a TV show by changing the prime minister’s middle name “Tayyip” to “Tazyik”, a word meaning pressurized water in reference to the police’s excessive use of water cannons and tear gas on the most recent May Day against peaceful protesters. Hürriyet photo

Emrah Serbes had made a pun in a TV show by changing the prime minister’s middle name “Tayyip” to “Tazyik”, a word meaning pressurized water in reference to the police’s excessive use of water cannons and tear gas on the most recent May Day against peaceful protesters. Hürriyet photo

An Istanbul prosecutor has demanded the imprisonment of writer Emrah Serbes for from 10 months to 12 years, on accusations of insulting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Istanbul Governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu and Interior Minister Muammer Güler, daily Milliyet has reported.

Serbes had made a pun in a TV show by changing the prime minister’s middle name “Tayyip” to “Tazyik,” a word meaning pressurized water in reference to the police’s excessive use of water cannons and tear gas against protesters during the most recent May Day.

The Istanbul 18th Criminal Court of Peace approved the indictment and commenced proceedings in the case, the report said.

The investigation was launched after an anonymous e-mail was received by the Prime Ministry’s Communication Center (BİMER). The email alleged that Serbes’ words should be considered a crime under the law forbidding “insulting civil servants.”

Serbes said he had attended the May Day protests as a responsible citizen and as a writer.

A total of 14 tons of water mixed with tear gas was used during the police crackdown on demonstrators on May Day in Istanbul, daily Radikal published May 26, citing a lawyer who discovered the figure by using the freedom of information act.

Hundreds were injured in clashes between police and protesters during May Day celebrations, inflamed by a ban on entering the symbolic Taksim Square.

October/04/2013

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Misses Ataturk

10/8/2013 4:21:42 PM

It goes from bad to worse :(

Ata Dizdar

10/7/2013 10:48:43 PM

Yeah, as much as it might be a bad joke to some, this is the reality of things in Turkey. It's a backward country.

Jeff Gibbs

10/5/2013 12:04:10 PM

There is another reason they picked him probably--as everyone is insulting the PM these days. Who knows? This group is so corrupt and vengeful that nothing they do has any sort of logic or consistency. It's a sad statement on Turkey's Courts though, and a sad statement on the general intolerance here to any kind of criticism--and that's not just for politicians either.

Ali Karp

10/5/2013 7:44:07 AM

We used to say "yallah tazyik". Or was it "yallah tayyip"? Do I go to jail now?

Harry Foundalis

10/4/2013 9:53:00 PM

Mr. Serbes should consider himself lucky if he gets only 12 years in jail. “He” who started it all, 14 centuries ago, sent one of his thugs and stabbed to death the poetess Asma bint Marwan in her sleep, surrounded by her children, because she had insulted him with her poems. He also decapitated a writer named Ocba in front of Ocba’s daughter’s eyes, for the same reason: he was “insulted”. Likewise with writer Ashraf: disemboweled. @ege capulcu mustafa: religion or culture? You be the judge.

ilker avni

10/4/2013 9:25:13 PM

What people dont relise is big brother is watching everything you say,the goverment spies are watching,turkey is becoming like the forma soviet union or is still is very authortarian.

Arnold Yesovitch

10/4/2013 9:22:32 PM

If the judiciary goes forward with this stupidity then all I can say to the citizens of Turkey is "watch your back"

Blue Dotterel

10/4/2013 8:52:31 PM

This was not an "insult", it was a legitimate political comment on the PM's disastrous Gezi policy. Thus the prosecutor's action is an overt attempt at censoring criticism of government policy. This is an attack on democracy and freedom of speech.

Çılgın Kanarya

10/4/2013 8:37:29 PM

What a pathetic joke this country has become under the humourless Islamofascists.

Peter Kypros

10/4/2013 8:34:55 PM

I think the Prime Minister should be taken to court instead. To our Turkish friends who attack the Greek Cypriots as responsible for not solving the Cyprus problem . Hearing all these would you trust such a Government to negotiate a viable solution to the Cyprus problem that would protect the rights of all Cypriots?
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