Germany will allow the prosecution of a comedian who mocked Turkey’s President

Germany’s Angela Merkel agreed on Friday to allow prosecutors to pursue a case against a German comedian who mocked Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan.

 

Cult comedian, Jan Böhmermann recited a satire poem during a show on the German public broadcaster ZDF on March 31 suggesting Erdogan hits girls, watches child pornography and engages in bestiality.

 

A section of the German criminal code prohibits insults against foreign leaders but leaves it to the government to decide whether to authorize prosecutors to pursue these cases that carry a penalty of up to five years in prison.

 

Erdogan has also filed a private defamation case against Böhmermann in Germany.

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