Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) leader Selahattin Demirtas was fined TL 15,000 ($5,500) for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Media reported Tuesday that an Ankara ruled that Demirtas insulted Erdogan during a HDP rally in the southern province of Mersin on Feb 27, 2016.
The court fined the HDP leader TL 15,000, less than one third of what Erdogan requested in his libel suit.
As of the end of 2016, at least 10,000 people were under investigation on suspicion of terrorist propaganda and insulting senior state officials on social media. A total of 1,080 people were convicted of insulting Erdoğan in 2016, according to data from Turkey’s Justice Ministry. Data also showed that 4,936 cases were launched against people on charges of insult in 2016.
However, Demirtas was not jailed in an insult case. The HDP leader has been under arrest along with other party lawmakers on terrorism charges since Nov 2016. At least 33 separate investigations have been launched against Demirtas over the past year.