Fashion designer receives suspended sentence due to Twitter message

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Barbaros Şansal

Fashion designer Barbaros Şansal has been handed down a suspended prison sentence of six months, 20 days due to a Twitter message he posted on New Year’s Day.

The fashion designer was arrested in early January upon his return from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) after he was deported by Lefkoşa authorities over reactions to a video he filmed. He was released pending trial by a court in March.

In the video, which sparked outrage in Turkey, Şansal uses slang while criticizing several scandals that took place throughout 2016 in an effort to emphasize that there was no reason to celebrate the new year.

In the video he shared, Şansal says he will drink a lot in Lefkoşa and later move to Nicosia to drink more, after enumerating harsh criticisms about corruption, rape, bribery and bigotry in Turkey. He finishes his video with the words: “Drown in your shit, Turkey.”

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