Ex-Miss Turkey faces jail for Erdogan ‘insult’
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Ex-Miss Turkey faces jail for Erdogan ‘insult’

Merve Buyuksarac faces two-year jail term for posting satirical poem on social media about the Turkish president

Former Miss Turkey Merve Buyuksarac (YouTube screenshot)
Former Miss Turkey Merve Buyuksarac (YouTube screenshot)

ANKARA, Turkey — The lawyer for a model and former Miss Turkey says she could face up to two years in prison for social media posts that prosecutors have deemed to be critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Emre Telci said Wednesday an Istanbul prosecutor is demanding that Merve Buyuksarac be prosecuted on charges of insulting a public official. A court will decide whether to start proceedings.

Buyuksarac was detained last month for sharing a satirical poem on her Instagram account. She denies insulting Erdogan.

She becomes the latest figure to face trial for insulting Erdogan, amid fear the country is lurching toward authoritarian rule.

A file photo taken in April 2014 shows Turkey's then prime minister and current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking to members of Parliament from his ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Party. (photo credit: AFP)
A file photo taken in April 2014 shows Turkey’s then prime minister and current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking to members of Parliament from his ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Party. (photo credit: AFP)

In recent years, Turkey has curbed media freedoms, cracked down on critical social media postings and prosecuted hundreds of people who took part in mass anti-government protests.

Copyright 2015, The Associated Press.

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