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Turk­ish pres­i­dent wins case against model

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A court has con­victed a for­mer Miss Turkey of in­sult­ing Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan through so­cial me­dia post­ings. The court in Is­tan­bul found 27-year-old model Merve Buyuk­sarac (pic­tured) guilty of in­sult­ing a pub­lic of­fi­cial but im­me­di­ately sus­pended a 14-month prison sen­tence on con­di­tion that she does not re­of­fend within the next five years. Her lawyer, Emre Telci, said he would file a for­mal ob­jec­tion to the ver­dict and ap­peal her case at the Stras­bourg, France-based Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice. Buyuk­sarac, who was crowned Miss Turkey in 2006, was briefly de­tained last year for shar­ing a satir­i­cal poem on her Instagram ac­count in 2014. Pros­e­cu­tors deemed it to be in­sult­ing to Er­do­gan, who was still prime min­is­ter at the time. She has de­nied in­sult­ing Er­do­gan. Since be­com­ing pres­i­dent in 2014, Er­do­gan has filed close to 2,000 defama­tion cases un­der a pre­vi­ously sel­dom-used law that bars in­sult­ing the pres­i­dent. Free speech ad­vo­cates say the law is be­ing used ag­gres­sively to si­lence and in­tim­i­date crit­ics. The tri­als have tar­geted jour­nal­ists, aca­demics and even school­child­ren.

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