Thursday, January 8, 2015

16 year student arrest for insulting of president

ANKARA: A 16-year-old school student was arrested Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in central Turkey for "insulting" by him and his ruling party, accusing him of corruption, sparking angry criticism on Thursday of the opposition.

The boy, identified by his initials MEA was supposed to be a member of a left-wing organization, told the Hürriyet newspaper.

He gave a speech Wednesday in the central Anatolian city of Konya, a bastion of Islamic-rooted Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP), killed in the memory of a young teacher secular Islamists in 1930 the newspaper said.

The boy, who had been arrested by the police in school, faces up to four years in prison before, if found guilty of the charge.

It was the last controversial arrest in Turkey in recent weeks. New crackdown enemies with top media affiliates Erdogan, the American scholar Fethullah Gülen, sparked a heated exchange with the European Union, said that the arrests undermine media freedom.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu supports the decision of the court on the arrest of minors.

"Everyone has the office of president, whoever he must be respected," said Davutoglu was quoted in the Turkish media.

In his testimony before the prosecutor, the boy denied links with a political party, said the office of the local governor gives permission for the memorial service organized by social media.

"I made the statement in question. I have no intention to offend, "he reportedly said.

Attorney for the boy, Baris İspir to the Court, with about 100 colleagues who came to Istanbul in a show of support.

"Even if he is found guilty, he's 16, requires a third of the reduction of his sentence," said the lawyer, after the private Dogan news agency.

Tours Riza, a member of the secular opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), condemned the arrest as a violation of the UN Charter on the Rights of the Child.