Ex-Miss Turkey gets fourteen months jail for disrespecting President Erdogan

Written by on June 1, 2016

download (17)A former Miss Turkey has been convicted of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and handed a fourteen-month suspended prison sentence. Merve Buyuksarac was sentenced by a court in Istanbul on Tuesday, for a poem she shared on social media in 2014.


The suspension of her sentence means she will not serve time if she does not repeat her action for a period of five years. Buyuksarac was jailed for a brief time in 2014 for sharing the poem which prosecutors said insulted Erdogan, who was prime minister at the time. The twenty-seven-year-old model’s lawyer, Emre Telci, said a formal complaint to the verdict will be filed and that the case will be appealed at the France-based European Court of Justice, the Strasbourg.


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