Journalist Sentenced to 21 Months In Prison For “Insulting” Turkish President

Bar?? ?nce, a former editor of Birgün who still writes for the leftist daily, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for “insulting” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an in his plea submitted to court in a former case.

?nce was initially tried over a news report on the Dec. 17-25, 2013 corruption allegations, which Erdo?an and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) say amounted to a plot to overthrow the government.

A criminal case was filed against ?nce for “insulting” Erdo?an and his son, Bilal Erdo?an, in the report. ?nce was again sued over the plea presented to court in his defense, in which the initials of each paragraph spell out “thief,” in apparent reference to Erdo?an.

In his defense, ?nce claimed that it was either an unfortunate coincidence or the “work of God,” but the court sentenced him to 21 months in jail.

He will appeal his sentence at the Constitutional Court.

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