Turkish boy arrested for insulting Erdogan is freed pending trial

December 26, 2014 13:46

ISTANBUL - A Turkish high school student arrested on charges of insulting President Tayyip Erdogan was released on Friday pending trial but could still face up to four years in prison if convicted, local media reported.

The 16-year-old was arrested after he read out a statement criticizing the ruling AK Party and Erdogan personally over corruption allegations during a ceremony last week to commemorate the killing of a Turkish soldier by Islamists in the 1920s.

Turkey's penal code forbids insulting the president, but the boy's arrest sparked fierce criticism among Erdogan's opponents, who accused him of growing increasingly authoritarian and intolerant of dissent.

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