Pro-Kurdish Republican Peoples’ Party (HDP) Şırnak deputy Leyla Birlik was sentenced to 1 year and 9 months in prison for insulting Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Wednesday.
A Şırnak deputy sentenced Birlik to one and a half year in prison, and increased the punishment by another 3 months on the grounds that the offense was committed in public. The HDP deputy is accused of having insulted Erdogan during a press conference in the year of 2015.
Birlik’s lawyers said they are going to object the ruling.
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.