An Ankara prosecutor is seeking a sentence of up to 54 months in prison for one of the co-founders of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Abdüllatif Şener, on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in his Twitter messages.

According to the Hürriyet daily, One of Erdoğan’s lawyers, Ahmet Özel, filed a complaint against Şener claiming that there is insult against the president in Şener’s tweets, a claim denied by the politician who frequently criticizes the AKP and Erdoğan in his messages.

Insulting the president is a crime in Turkey, according to Article 299 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK). Whoever insults the president can face up to four years in prison, a sentence that can be increased if the crime is committed through the mass media.