Tekirdağ man arrested for insulting Erdoğan on social media

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Sadi Özdemir

A man in Tekirdağ province in Turkey’s Marmara region has been arrested on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on social media, the Doğan news agency reported on Sunday.

Last week, Sadi Özdemir was detained by police teams from the anti-terrorism department on charges of insulting Erdoğan from his social media account. He was arrested by a court on Sunday.

The agency did not specify which social media platform Özdemir was using.

Özdemir was a parliamentary candidate from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party in Tekirdağ in the Nov. 1, 2015 general elections.

In the aftermath of a failed coup attempt on July 15, Erdoğan announced that he had withdrawn dozens of complaints launched against people on charges of insulting the president due to an atmosphere of unity in the country; however, it later turned out that Erdoğan’s move does not apply to HDP supporters or members.

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