Doctor arrested for allegedly insulting President Erdoğan on social media

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A medical doctor in Turkey was arrested by a court on Wednesday and sent to pretrial detention on charges of insulting the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Family practitioner Dr. Çiçek Fidanboy appeared before a judge in Hatay province and admitted that the social media posts she was accused of writing were in fact hers.

Dr. Fidanboy will stand trial at a later date.

According to the Turkish Penal Code (TCK) insulting the president carries a sentence of between one and four years.

In 2016, 3,658 people were charged with insulting the president.

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