Turkey's Erdogan sues Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker for insults

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Erdogan, who has been railing against France for condoning caricatures of the prophet of Islam, called on Turkish citizens for the first time on Monday to boycott French products.(Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Erdogan, who has been railing against France for condoning caricatures of the prophet of Islam, called on Turkish citizens for the first time on Monday to boycott French products.(Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool) Associated Press

 
 
Posted10/27/2020 7:00 AM

ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is suing Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders after the anti-Islam politician posted a series of tweets against the Turkish leader, including one that described him as a 'œterrorist.'

The state-run Anadolu Agency said Erdogan's lawyer on Tuesday filed a criminal complaint against Wilders at the Ankara Chief Prosecutor's office for 'œinsulting the president' -- a crime in Turkey punishable by up to four years in prison.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Wilders posted a cartoon depicting Erdogan wearing a bomb-resembling hat on his head, with the comment: 'œterrorist.'

Wilders continued posting tweets targeting Erdogan this week amid a growing quarrel between Turkey and European countries sparked by Erdogan's sharp comments against French President Emmanuel Macron, including remarks questioning Macron's mental health over his stance on Islam.

Erdogan has persistently sued people for alleged insults since he took office as president in 2014. Thousands have been convicted. More than 29,000 people were prosecuted on charges of insulting Erdogan last year, according to the Birgun newspaper.

The complaint against Wilders, whose political career has been based largely on his strident anti-Islam rhetoric, accused him of using language 'œinsulting the honor and dignity of our president and of targeting Erdogan's personality, dignity and reputation,' according to Anadolu.

Wilders, who leads the largest opposition party in the Dutch Parliament, shrugged off the Turkish criminal complaint and described Erdogan as a 'œloser.' Wilders has lived under tight security for 16 years due to death threats following his anti-Islam rhetoric.

On Monday, Turkey's Daily Sabah newspaper, which is close to Erdogan, printed pictures of Wilders and Macron, with the headline: 'œthe two faces of hatred and racism in Europe.'

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