come on holiday from Germany to Turkey dentist Kristian W. B. (54) was detained on 4 November for insulting the Turks and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during an argument at Antalya Airport. Kristian W.B., who was then taken to the courthouse, was arrested by the court where he was taken for ‘insulting the President’, ‘publicly inciting the people to hatred and enmity’. Kristian W.B., who was sued for insulting the Turks and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was brought before the judge at the Antalya 12th Criminal Court of First Instance today. The officials of the German Consulate in Antalya and many German journalists followed the hearing.
‘I HAVE NO BORDER WITH MUSLIMS’
You did not accept the charges at trial Kristian W. B., “I came to Turkey three days golf course. I did not act towards the Muslims and the President. I asked them to stay away from me because social distance was not followed due to the coronavirus. Due to my age, I am in the risk group. I have about 3 thousand Muslim patients. I have no problem with being a Muslim. I love Turkey. I do not accept the charges, “he said.
Witnesses heard at the hearing claimed that the defendant insulted the Muslims and the President.
The court judge sentenced Kristian W.B. to 11 months and 20 days in prison for ‘insulting the President’ as a result of his trial. Although the judge was prosecuted for ‘inciting the public to hatred and enmity’ according to Article 216/1 of the TCK, the defendant was not guilty of this crime but the lesser sanction of the TCK 216/2. on the basis of differences in religion, sect, gender and region. He was sentenced to 5 months in prison for this crime. The court deferred the announcement of the verdict and ordered the release of the German tourist.
‘WANTS TO RETURN TO HIS COUNTRY’
At the end of the hearing, the defendant’s lawyer Ahmet Ünal Ersoy said the following during the interview he gave to German televisions:
“Our client, who was arrested on November 4 at Antalya Airport, was released in his first hearing today. We will send it to its country as soon as possible after completing the transactions. He also wants to return to his country as soon as possible. The decision to adjourn the explanation of the verdict given to my client shows the following: “It would be better if he had not been arrested at first”. Had my true client not been arrested, he would have enjoyed the beautiful sun and sea of Antalya in November. We hope that he will come back to our country at the first opportunity and have a nice holiday “.
Saying that his client was confused by the court’s decision, Ünal said, “He is trying to understand what is happening now. We hope that he will forget this unfortunate event as soon as possible ”.