Erdogan insult lawsuits still active in Germany, lawyer says

Defamation lawsuits filed in Germany by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are still active, his lawyer said Saturday, insisting that the president's announcement to drop such cases only applied within Turkey.

Erdogan announced Friday that he was dropping all lawsuits against people whom he accused of insulting him, as a one-off. Around 2,000 such suits had been brought against people in Turkey, with opposition leaders among those facing legal proceedings.

"The announcement only applies to Turkey. Nothing will change in Germany for the time being," said lawyer Ralf Hoecker, who has represented Erdogan in insult cases in Germany.

Earlier this year, German prosecutors launched a probe into remarks made by comedian Jan Boehmermann, who described the president in a lewd poem as someone who watches child pornography and performs sex acts with animals.

Erdogan wanted the poem banned.

However, Boehmermann's lawyer was not immediately available for comment.

A spokesman for German broadcaster ZDF, which had broadcast the comedian's rendering of the poem, said they had no information on any possible consequences of Erdogan's announcement.

The Turkish government had not yet responded to a dpa question on the topic.

Last update: Sat, 30/07/2016 - 13:00

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