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Three arrested in Turkey for Insulting Erdogan on Social Media

A picture representing a mugshot of the twitter bird is seen on a smart phone with a Turkish flag on March 26, 2014 in Istanbul. A Turkish court on Wednesday overturned the government's controversial Twitter ban imposed after audio recordings spread via the social media site implicated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a corruption scandal. AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE
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According to Diken news. An Ankara court ruled on arrests of A.Ş., A.K. and N.K. for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on social media.

Four suspects were earlier detained by Ankara police for insulting Erdoğan and referred to the court with the request of arrest.

While three of them were arrest for the charges of insult, of opposing the anti-terror law and of spreading hatred; M.Y. was released on judicial control.

INSULTING THE PRESIDENT IS SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL CHARGES UNDER TURKISH LAW

Insulting the president is subject to criminal charges under Turkish law, and President Erdoğan has sued critics, including regular citizens, in unprecedented numbers for allegedly insulting him.

THE MINISTRY OF INTERIOR AFFAIRS ANNOUNCED OVER THE PAST MONTHS

The Ministry of Interior Affairs announced over the past months that 10,000 people are currently under investigation on suspicion of terrorist propaganda and insulting senior state officials on social media.

The ministry also stated that in the last six months 3,710 social media users were investigated, of whom 1,656 were arrested. A total of 1,203 of those investigations resulted in releases on probation.

The ministry further said that cooperation with Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and national and international service providers has been carried to the next level.

In the latest, Suay Karaman, an academic at Ankara-based Gazi University and the general secretary of the Association of Academic Staff (TÜMÖD), was sentenced to 11 months and 20 days in prison, for his alleged insult to the Erdoğan, last week.

With new state of emergency decrees issued by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government last month, police were given the authority to directly access information on the identity of Internet users.

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