Turkish President files criminal charges against Opposition lawmakers

ANKARA: According to the daily Milliyet, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has filed criminal complaints against two legislators from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) for "insulting" him.

The lawsuit, filed by Erdogan's lawyer at the Turkish capital Ankara's Chief Prosecutor's office, said that remarks made by CHP legislators Engin Ozkoc and Aykut Erdogdu on Tele1 on January 14 "violated personal rights and reached the level of slander and abuse." Their comments "exceeded the bounds of free speech," according to the petition, which calls for a public lawsuit.

As per reports, officials from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have also filed criminal complaints against the two CHP MPs. Sedef Kabas, a Turkish journalist, was arrested on January 22 for "insulting the President" with remarks made at the same event as Ozkoc and Erdogdu.

"A well-known proverb states that a crowned head gets wiser. "A bull does not become king just by entering the palace," Kabas declared on live television, adding that "the palace does not become a barn."" The Turkish journalist was detained after making the statements on her Twitter and Instagram accounts a week later.

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