Turkish actor İlyas Salman faces up to 2 years in jail for 'insulting nation'

Turkish prosecutors are asking up to two years in prison for actor İlyas Salman over a social post they said “insulted the Turkish nation.”

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Turkish prosecutors are seeking up to two years in jail for actor İlyas Salman over one of his social media posts said to be “insulting to the Turkish nation,” Demirören news agency reported on Jan. 2.

The accusations concern a video that the 67-year-old Salman shared on his social media account on Jan. 25, 2021.

Salman denied the Istanbul Anatolian Chief Public Prosecutor's accusations, saying that his remarks did not constitute a crime and they were uttered within the framework of freedom of thought and expression.

He said that he had the right to make criticism for a better future of Turkey.

The court accepted the prosecutors' indictment, and the actor will appear before the court in March with regards to the accusations.

The indictment recalled that the crime of “insulting the Turkish nation” requires the permission of the Justice Ministry, and that the ministry had greenlighted the investigation into the actor in September.