Court sentences Turkey politician 17 years over ‘insulting’ tweets

Court sentences Turkey politician 17 years over 'insulting' tweets

Hundreds of the Turkish people gathered at the main court of Istanbul on Friday to show their support to an opposition politician who faces 17 years in the jail over a series of tweets criticising the government.

Canan Kaftancioglu, who is the head of the Istanbul branch of the secular Republican People’s Party (CHP), has been accused of ‘insulting’ the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the state by posting tweets between 2012 and 2017.

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The supporters of Canan gathered outside the court chanted ‘Down with fascism’ and held signs reading ‘We are thirsty for justice’.

The tweets by the opposition politician include an insult directed at the Turkish President and criticism of the death of the 14-year-old boy, who was hit by a tear gas grenade during protests in 2013.

According to the details, she, Canan, is also accused of the propaganda related to terrorism for quoting a member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party which has been fighting a bloody insurgency against the state of Turkey since 1983.

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