Prison threat for teen who 'insulted' Erdoğan

A 14-year-old boy who allegedly insulted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will be judged and face a prison sentence of two months to three years, reported the private news site CNNTürk.

A 14-year-old boy who allegedly insulted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will be judged and face a prison sentence of two months to three years, reported the private news site CNNTürk.

The teenager was accused of insulting the prime minister twice while Erdoğan was passing through by bus during his election campaign in the western province of Aydın on March 9. Minutes of the proceedings were written against the minor, who was later sent to the Forensic Medicine Institution of Adnan Menderes University. The institution concluded in a report that the teenager had the ability to understand the legal meaning and consequences of the crime that was attributed to him and also to control his own behavior.

The Prosecutor’s Office prepared the indictment, which also included the report, and requested a one-sixth increase in the penalty as the youth committed the crime openly. It was also decided that there was a lack of grounds for legal action against Erdoğan, who was alleged to have choked the teen. A wound was observed on the back of the teenager’s neck.

In his testimony to the prosecutor in March, the teen said he was waiting for friends when the bus carrying Erdoğan passed in front of him, daily Radikal reported that month. Thinking of the financial difficulties that his family was going through, he shouted, “God will punish you in the elections.”

“The prime minister put his hand on the back of my neck and asked why I said that and then told [the guards] to let me free,” the youth testified. “However, the guards took me by grabbing at me. There was a scuffle at that moment and as the prime minister’s hand was at back of my neck, a wound occurred there.”

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