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Cafeteria manager jailed for insulting Turkey's Erdogan, lawyer says

Monday, December 26, 2016 - 01:07

Turkish authorities have arrested the cafeteria manager of an opposition newspaper for insulting the president, saying he would not serve tea to Tayyip Erdogan, one of the manager's lawyers said. Nathan Frandino reports.

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The law in Turkey once again has come down on the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper in Istanbul. This time, it was the newspaper's cafeteria manager, Senol Buran. He was arrested late Saturday for allegedly insulting President Tayyip Erdogan, a charge Buran's father Ismail refuses to believe. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) DETAINED CAFETERIA MANAGER'S FATHER, ISMAIL BURHAN, SAYING: "I want them to release him in no time. We never guessed his detention. There isn't anything to detain him for." Lawyers say a security officer overheard Buran making a derogatory comment about Erdogan. Insulting the president is a crime punishable by up to four years in prison. Buran denied using an insulting term, though he did confirm saying he would refuse to serve tea to Ergodan if the president were to visit. The incident is the latest in legal troubles for Cumhuriyet. Ten of the newspaper's staff members are already in jail awaiting trial on suspicion of crimes on behalf of Kurdish militants.

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Cafeteria manager jailed for insulting Turkey's Erdogan, lawyer says

Monday, December 26, 2016 - 01:07