Turkish schoolboy arrested for ‘insulting’ President Erdogan

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Teenager accuses government of corruption in speech that defends secularism and the foundations of the modern Turkish republic

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning to make Arabic-alphabet Ottoman language compulsory in high schools

The Turkish constitution makes it a criminal offence to insult the president Photo: AFP
Turkish police have arrested a 16-year-old high school student in the city of Konya on charges of insulting PresidentTayyipErdogan, local media reported on Thursday.

The teenager’s lawyers have appealed against the prosecution, which came after he read out a statement during a ceremony to commemorate the killing of a Turkish soldier by Islamists in the 1920s.

In a video broadcast by Dogan News Agency, the teenager was shown defending secularism and the principles of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish republic.

He criticised the ruling AK Party government and Mr Erdogan personally over corruption allegations, as a crowd surrounding him chanted “everywhere is bribery, everywhere is corruption”.

Mr Erdogan portrayed a high-reaching corruption…

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