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Over 29K lawsuits filed for defamatory charges against Turkey’s Erdogan in last 3 years

  2021-07-21  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Turkey's President and leader of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during his party's parliamentary group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara on January 8, 2019. Photo by Adem ALTAN / AFP
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – More than 29,000 people were sued for defamatory charges against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the last three years, a local newspaper said on Tuesday (July 20), citing the Turkish Justice ministry.

29,089 people were prosecuted for insulting Erdogan. 6,326 lawsuits were lodged in 2018, but the lawsuits soared to 13,990 at the end of 2019 since the presidential system was introduced, Sözcü newspaper claimed. 

9,773 people were tried for defamatory charges against the incumbent Turkish president in 2020, 152 of whom were foreign nationals and 290 were children, according to the figures provided by the justice ministry.

84 of the children were in the age group of 12-15 and 206 are in the age group of 15-18. On the other hand, 9,331 defendants were over the age of 18, 8,235 men and 1,096 women were put on trial in 2020.

Of the total, 34.4 percent of cases resulted in convictions and 14.3 percent in acquittals, while a decision in 35.1 percent of case was deferred, the newspaper added. 

Thousands of critics, journalists, dual nationals, parliamentarians, party leaders, judges, public sector employees and military and civil officials have been jailed, dismissed or fled the country since the aborted coup in mid-July 2016.

Critics say Erdogan use the coup as a leverage to quash his dissent camp.

(Zhyan English)