Germany chooses to allow possible prosecution of comedian who satirized Turkish president

by Erik Kirschbaum and Glen Johnson  |  published on April 16, 2016

Germany’s government cleared a path Friday for the possible prosecution of a popular TV comedian for reading a poem on air satirizing Turkey’s president, despite concerns that legal action would be an attack on free speech.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the decision was not a verdict on comedian Jan Boehmermann’s guilt or innocence. She also announced that her government would abolish its obscure law that permits the prosecution of anyone in Germany who criticizes foreign leaders.

The Turkish government requested that criminal proceedings be brought against Jan Boehmermann over the poem, which suggested that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan engaged in sexual acts with goats.

Merkel said the German government had no choice but to allow the possible prosecution under the rarely enforced criminal code written in 1953.

“It’s not up the government, in a state based on the rule of law, but rather up to state prosecutors and courts to weigh press and artistic freedom against basic personal rights,” she said. The decision was “neither a pre-judgment against the person involved nor an intervention for a decision on the boundaries of free speech and a free press but rather it is simply the case … that state prosecutors and courts will have the final word.”

  • Sallie Dodd Butters

    The NWO can’t stand Free Will!

  • alshightech

    JUST A PART OF THE NEW SECRETE ESTABLISHMENT ” NEW WORLD ORDER WHICH STARTED YEARS AGO. THE AMERICANS HAVE BEEN ASLEEP OR TO CONCERNED OVER MULTI SEX PARTNERS, MOSTLY THE BLACK, THEN LATINO; , POPPING OUT KIDS BY THE DOZENS TO ENJOY THE OBAMA WELFARE AND KEEP THEM QUITE WHILE THEY OVER POPULATE THE WORLD. SAD BUT TRUE!!!!! STAY ASLEEP AND AWAKE IN YOUR COFFIN!

  • Phil Esposito

    Coming to an American city near you soon. Can you imagine, there’ll be no more humor left in the world.

  • USNavyPatriot

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel Is sending Germany down a stinking shit hole! #bitch

    • Phil Esposito

      Just like Obozo is doing to America. The prick.

  • Cbt_Engr

    So — the spineless government of Germany is going to bow down to the Muslims rather than defend the freedom of one of their own citizens. So, they are now — what — maybe one generation from becoming a muslim country themselves?! How sad….

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