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Germany grants Turkish request to prosecute comic over Erdogan insult

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Comedian Jan Boehmermann
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Text by FRANCE 24 

Latest update : 2016-04-15

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Germany has accepted a request from Turkey to seek prosecution of a German comedian who read out a sexually crude poem about Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on German television.

Under Germany’s criminal code the government must authorise prosecutors to pursue a case involving the law against insulting a foreign leader, of which comedian Jan Boehmermann is accused.

“There were different opinions between the coalition partners – the conservatives and the SPD (Social Democrats),” Merkel told reporters at the Chancellery in Berlin.

”The outcome is that the German government will give the authorisation in the current case,” she added, stressing that this was not a decision about the merits of the prosecution’s case against Boehmermann.

However, Merkel also announced that Germany…

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