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    A total of 2,673 criminal cases were filed over six months on charges of insulting Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to a report for the Human Rights Joint Platform (IHOP) on Friday.

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters during a ceremony in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey March 15, 2017
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Of those individuals with cases filed against them, 280 suspects were acquitted, according to the Turkish Minute, citing the report.

    According to the report, 3,134 individuals have been put on trial on charges of insulting the president since 1993, of which 1,953 were filed in 2015.

    In 2016, a number of lawsuits were filed in Turkey against journalists, artists, students, and, notably, the head of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtas, on allegations of anti-Erdogan remarks.

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Hussein, the European Union and a group of press freedom organizations expressed concerns over Ankara's perceived crackdown on freedom of expression.

    Under Turkish law, those found guilty of insulting the president may be fined or imprisoned for up to four years.

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      Darrell R
      If they Were to enforce a law like that in the US Trump would have to turn the state of California into a prison.
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      marcanhalt
      Can you imagine Erdogan in Trump's position in the last seven weeks? Tanks would be rolling in the streets of Mainstreet, USA>
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