A High School Student 17 Years Arrested For Insulting Turkey’s Erdogan On Twitter

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A Turkish teenager was arrested on Tuesday, even within his school in Konya (center) for insulting President Erdogan. The miner, whose arrest creates controversy, faces up to four years in prison.

This is the first time a minor Turkish is arrested and detained for insulting the conservative President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Tuesday, December 23, a high school student was arrested by the security forces within his school.

He is alleged to be made verbally to the Head of State on Twitter – a crime punishable with imprisonment, according to the Turkish Penal Code.

The young man introduced himself as a member of a leftist movement, said publicly on the social network that Erdogan was the leader of the flight of bribery and corruption, said Jerome Bastion, the corresponding RFI in Turkey .Presented to a judge Tuesday evening, the minor has denied the charges before being imprisoned. He faces up to four years in prison.

The high school has pleaded not guilty, and his lawyer said that the accusations were circulating freely on the social networks, but that did not stop his incarceration.

Soon, the controversy surrounding the arrest swelled on the Internet. Riza Türmen, opposition MP and former judge of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) strongly denounced the arrest, which, according to him, is against the convention of children’s rights of the UN. Diets that seized of children in school classes and throw them in jail are fascist regimes, he pounded on his Twitter account.

An environment of fear, oppression and threatening” is being created by the presidency, said on Twitter Atilla Kart, a member of the CHP (Republican People’s Party, secular), the main opposition party.

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