Tens of hundreds have been charged and sentenced over the crime of insulting Recep Tayyip Erdogan within the seven years since he grew to become president.

A Turkish court docket ordered distinguished journalist Sedef Kabas jailed pending trial on a cost of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan beneath a legislation that has seen tens of hundreds prosecuted.

Police detained Kabas early on Saturday morning and took her to Istanbul’s principal police station earlier than transferring her to town’s principal court docket, which dominated in favour of her formal arrest.

The alleged insult was within the type of a palace-related proverb that Kabas expressed each on an opposition tv channel and on her Twitter account, drawing condemnation from authorities officers.

“When the ox climbs to the palace, he doesn’t develop into a king, however the palace turns into a barn,” she tweeted.

Fahrettin Altun, head of Turkey’s communications division, denounced the assertion.

“The honour of the presidency’s workplace is the honour of our nation… I condemn the vulgar insults made in opposition to our president and his workplace,” Altun tweeted.

Abdulhamit Gul, Turkey’s justice minister, additionally stated on Twitter that Kabas will “get what she deserves” for her “illegal” phrases.

‘Unacceptable’ arrest

Kabas was despatched to Istanbul’s Bakirkoy jail, her lawyer Ugur Poyraz stated, including he’ll enchantment the “illegal” determination on Monday. “We hope Turkey can return to rule of legislation quickly,” Poyraz added.

Merdan Yanardag, chief editor of the Tele 1 channel, on which Kabas made the feedback, sharply criticised her arrest.

“Her detention in a single day at 2am due to a proverb is unacceptable,” he wrote on social media. “This stance is an try and intimidate journalists, the media and society.”

The legislation on insulting the president carries a jail sentence of between one and 4 years.

Turkey’s media watchdog RTUK individually began an investigation into Tele 1 for “unacceptable statements focusing on our president”, its chairperson, Ebubekir Sahin, tweeted late on Friday.

Insulting Erdogan

Final October, Europe’s high human rights court docket known as on Turkey to vary the laws after ruling {that a} man’s detention beneath the legislation violated his freedom of expression.

Tens of hundreds have been charged and sentenced over the crime of insulting Erdogan within the seven years since he moved from being prime minister to president.

In 2020, 31,297 investigations had been launched in relation to the cost, 7,790 instances had been filed, and three,325 resulted in convictions, in accordance with justice ministry knowledge. These numbers had been barely decrease than the earlier 12 months.

Since 2014, the 12 months Erdogan grew to become president, 160,169 investigations have been launched over insulting the president, 35,507 instances had been filed and there have been 12,881 convictions.