The number of investigations launched on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was 20,539 in 2017, Bilgi University Professor Yaman Akdeniz told media Tuesday.

6,033 of such investigations made it to the courts last year, Akdeniz added.

The total number investigations initiated over the past three years was 68,827. “12,839 investigations were deemed eligible to be processed criminal case by courts. Courts made their rulings in 9,234 of those cases. 3,414 people were ordered imprisoned and 2,550 others were convicted but with their sentences suspended. 1,697 were cleared of the charge,” Akdeniz said.

According to the Turkish Penal Code (TCK) insulting the president carries a sentence of between one and four years.