Legislator sued for calling Turkey leader ‘fascist dictator

By on October 31, 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said he welcomed remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump considering military action in Syria, and Turkey is ready to support the move if it was launched. (Photo by R4BIA.com (http://www.r4bia.com/en/media-materials) [Public domain],)
FILE: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Photo by R4BIA.com (http://www.r4bia.com/en/media-materials) [Public domain],)
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish state television says a lawyer for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has filed a criminal complaint against an opposition legislator for calling Turkey’s leader a “fascist dictator.”

Lawmaker Bulent Tezcan, who is the spokesman for the main opposition party, made the comments in a town in northwest Turkey on Monday, to support a local mayor who was questioned by authorities for reportedly calling Erdogan a “dictator.”

TRT television says Erdogan’s lawyer filed a complaint on Tuesday, accusing Tezcan of insulting the president — a crime that is punishable by up to four years in prison.

Erdogan has filed similar complaints against close to 2,000 people before withdrawing them after last year’s failed coup as a goodwill gesture.

Critics say Turkey has taken an authoritarian turn under Erdogan.