High school student faces 11 months in jail for insulting Turkish president

The 17-year-old allegedly insulted the president during a speech at a memorial service for a fallen soldier.

September 13, 2015 08:43
Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A 17-year-old boy, identified only by his initials, MEA, was sentenced to 11 months and 20 days of prison time last week for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan according to reports by Hurriyet Daily News.

The high school student allegedly insulted Erdogan in a speech given in December of 2014 at a local memorial service for a fallen Turkish soldier. The boy was detained at his high school and was later arrested after appearing before a judge.

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After spending two nights in jail, the boy was released pending his trial in Juvenile court.

On September 11 the high school student was officially sentenced on charges of "insulting the Turkish president."

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