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    German Court Rules Most Part of Satirical Poem About Erdogan Inadmissible

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    A Hamburg court ruled on Tuesday that the most part of a satirical poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was inadmissible, local media reported.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — In late March, German TV host Jan Bohmermann read the poem containing rude statements regarding Erdogan's sexual orientation, crimes against national minorities and opposition. The Turkish government responded with a protest, demanding to launch a criminal probe into the incident.

    According to the Spiegel Online magazine, the court issued a preliminary injunction banning re-publication of the poem's parts, particularly regarding the sexual topic, as they amounted to abuse.

    Those verses that referred to the president's policy on the freedom of press and freedom of assembly were recognized as admissible political satire.

    Erdogan's lawyer said that he was satisfied with the court 's ruling.

    Another criminal case on insulting a foreign state leader has been opened in the German city of Mainz after the Turkish leader filed a lawsuit against Bohmermann with the local prosecutor in April.

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