Forced to choose between marital bliss and his devotion for the president, a Turkish man opted for Recep Tayyip Erdogan and is filing a criminal complaint against his wife for insulting the head of state, local media reported Tuesday.
It has become increasingly common in Turkey for individuals to face prosecution for insulting top figures, including Erdogan. Some of the accused have been sentenced to jail time.
The Yeni Safark newspaper reported that the man, identified only as Ali D, recorded his wife making remarks multiple times about the president in the confines of their home. The comments followed televised appearances by Erdogan.
He apparently threatened to bring the evidence to police if she persisted. Eventually he followed through.
She is now also suing him for divorce, according to the report.
Erdogan remains the most popular politician in Turkey, but is also deeply divisive. His opponents accuse the long-serving leader, who was prime minister for more than a decade before becoming president, of becoming increasingly authoritarian and cracking down on critics.