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Popular Turkish Singer Gets 10-Month Prison Sentence for Insulting Erdogan

© AP Photo / Emrah GurelTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, wipes his tears
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, wipes his tears - Sputnik International
Zuhal Olcay, a famous Turkish singer and actress, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during a 2016 performance, the Hurriyet Daily News reported Thursday.

According to reports, Olcay was given the sentence after she changed the lyrics to the song, "Boş Vermişim Dünyayı" to say: "Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, it's all empty, it's all a lie. Life will end one day and you'll say ‘I had a dream.'"

On top of the lyrical change, the 60-year-old performer also made a hand gesture to accompany the portion of the song, which was deemed insulting.

A post shared by Zuhal Olcay (@zuhalolcay_) on Feb 21, 2018 at 11:24am PST

​Olcay later stated in her testimony that she had only used Erdogan's name because it fit into the song and had no "ulterior or insulting motive" whatsoever, Reuters reported. As for the hand gesture, the singer admitted that it was directed at person in the audience.

Prosecutors involved in the case were initially trying to give the singer a four-year sentence, which is the max a resident can get for insulting the president of Turkey, the Hurriyet reported.

This, however, was not the first time that Olcay got in trouble with the law. In 2010, Olcay was fined $2,708 for "insulting a public servant."

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