A local commissioner of deeds in Kocaeli’s Korfez district, identified with initials S.D., was suspended from office for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
According to media on Jan 8, a judicial and administrative investigation was launched against S.D. for sharing on social media some articles considered to be insulting Erdogan and Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet).
S.D. was suspended as part of the administrative investigation with a final ruling to be made soon.
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.