Former Miss Turkey gets 14 month suspended sentence for insulting President


Turkey: Former Miss Turkey found guilty for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a satirical poem posted on Istagram in 2014. The court delivered 27 year old Merve Buyuksarac a 14 month suspended sentence to be served if she offends again in the next five years.

“Merve was prosecuted for sharing a posting that did not belong to her,” Emre Telci, Buyuksarac’s lawyer.

The Instagram post was a satirical twist on the Turkish national anthem shared by thousands of followers, including Buyuksarac, who won Miss Turkey in 2006. The photo has since been deleted.

Mr Erdogan's lawyer, Hatice Ozay, said in court the post had gone beyond "the limits of criticism" and amounted to an "attack against my client's personal rights".

Human rights activists say Mr Erdogan is using the law to silence and intimidate critics, including journalists, academics and ordinary citizens.