Turkey detains former police intelligence head for insulting president

The Turkish police have detained Sabri Uzun, former head of Police Intelligence Department, on charges that include insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, T24 news portal reported on Tuesday.

Uzun, who was sent to the Ankara Police Department’s Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime branch, is also accused of supporting and promoting terrorism, according to the news reports.

State-run Anadolu Agency (AA) reported that Uzun was detained in his house as part of an investigation launched against him over his social media posts that allegedly insult President Erdogan and promote terror.

In Turkey, insulting the president is a crime punishable by up to four years in prison. Thousands of people, including school children, have been prosecuted for insulting Erdogan since he became president in 2014.

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