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Turkish teen to go on trial in March for insulting Erdogan

January 23, 2015

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A lawyer says that a high school student who was briefly jailed for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will go on trial on the charges on March 6.

Lawyer Baris Ispir said Friday that Turkey’s Justice Ministry gave authorities permission to prosecute the 16 year-old boy. He will be tried at a juvenile court in Konya, central Turkey.

The teenager was taken away from his school last month and jailed for calling Erdogan a thief during a student rally. He was released two days later after his arrest caused uproar and intensified fears that Turkey under Erdogan is lurching toward authoritarian rule.

Ispir said the teen faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

He can only be identified by his initials, M.E.A., due to Turkish laws protecting minors.

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