Turkish Teen Accused of Insulting Erdogan Freed From Custody
A Turkish court has ordered the release from custody of a teenage boy arrested for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But he still faces up to four years in prison if convicted on the charges.
A court in the central Turkish city of Konya released the 16-year-old boy from police custody on Friday after dozens of lawyers petitioned for him to be freed, Turkish media said. He was met by his parents as he left the courthouse in Konya, according to the CNN-Turk channel.
The teenager was arrested by police at his school on Wednesday for reportedly delivering a speech at a student protest in which he accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) of corruption.