Turkey is completely out of control:
HURRIYET – A 13-year-old student in western Turkey has testified on suspicion that he “insulted” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Facebook.
On Feb. 27, a prosecutor in the Ayvalık district of the Balıkesir province summoned the 7th-grader, identified by the initials U.R.E., over a message he shared on Facebook in May 2014, according to a report by Doğan News Agency. The father met the police at his son’s school, from where then they all went to Ayvalık State Hospital and received a medical report. The child then testified to the prosecutor at the courthouse in Ayvalık over his Facebook message.
The prosecutor will decide whether he will file a criminal case or not after a more thorough psychological assessment of the child is prepared by the hospital.
Stating that the criminal complaint against his son was filed by the General Security Directorate of the southeastern province of Gaziantep, the boy’s father accused the authorities of harming the child’s psychology by taking him to the prosecutor’s office with policemen.
“I have not seen what he wrote or shared. But our prosecutors and police should be more interested in dealing with those who push our country to the edge of division, and with those who rob the country with shoeboxes,” the father added, referring to money found in shoeboxes during a major corruption operation in Dec. 2013.
Even if the prosecutor decides not to file criminal charges against this boy – and I repeat he’s just a boy, barely a teenager even – he’s already been arrested and taken in for psychological evaluation. How absurd! Even his own father knows how outlandish this is, saying officials should be more worried about actual division in corruption than his kid saying something on Facebook.
The article continues:
Teenage schoolboy Mehmet Emin Altunses will go on trial on March 6 on charges of insulting the president in a speech in the conservative Anatolian city of Konya.
Four young people were recently arrested on different charges of insulting the Turkish strongman during street protests this month.
Erdogan is clearly trying to send a message to the young people in Turkey, that they will be criminally charged if they insult him.
I guess insulting Erdogan is like insulting Islam’s ‘prophet’. Kinda sounds rather ‘anti-Christ-like’ if you ask me.