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Erdogan withdraws all cases of insults to him, forgives offenders

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(Istanbul-AlummahWorld, Shawwal 26, 1437 AH, 31 July 2016) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan withdrew lawsuits against those accused of insulting him in the wake of the July 15 coup attempt late Friday.

 

Refferring the recent coup bid as a milestone for Turkey, Erdogan said the country had not compromised its laws in the last two weeks.

According to age Anadolu Agency, it was not clear how many pending cases of insulting the president would be cancelled but in March Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said at least 1,845 cases had been opened in the previous two years.

 

“As a milestone, I hereby withdraw all the cases filed for insulting me and forgive all the offenders,” Erdogan told a Martyrs’ Memorial Day ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Ankara to commemorate victims of the failed coup, He added.

 

“Even during the coup attempt process, we have not made the slightest compromise with the law. Every step we have taken, every decision we have made, every implementation we have launched, it has been under the constitution [and the country’s] laws.”

 

However, Ralf Hocker, the president’s lawyer in Germany, said the amnesty would not apply to cases filed in Germany. It is unclear how many, if any, cases of insulting Erdogan are pending in Germany.

“The statement is related to Turkey. There is no change for now in Germany,” he said. Erdogan pursued a case against comedian Jan Bohmermann in April over an insulting poem that gained widespread attention after it was accepted by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

 

Since July 15, political parties in Turkey have come together in a show of unity to condemn the attempt by supporters of U.S.-based preacher Fetullah Gulen to overthrow the Justice and Development (AK) Party government.