Erdogan's fresh legal complaint against German satirist thrown out

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's fresh legal complaint against a German satirist who ridiculed him in a poem has been unsuccessful, with the attorney general's office calling the action unfounded in a statement on Friday.

Prosecutors in the western German city of Mainz dropped an investigation into Jan Boehmermann for insulting Erdogan earlier this month in a case that has raised tensions between Ankara and Berlin.

The Turkish head of state then lodged a fresh complaint against Boehmermann over the crude poem he recited on broadcaster ZDF in March, in which he said Erdogan watched child pornography and performed sex acts with animals.

The initial investigation was carried out under Germany's defamation law and a little-used statute against insulting foreign heads of state, prompting a heated debate about the limits of free speech in Germany.

Erdogan may appeal Friday's decision by the Koblenz-based attorney general.

Last update: Fri, 14/10/2016 - 12:32

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