The principal of a secondary Imam Hatip school in Kutahya province, identified by his/her initials A.Ş., was detained for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Media reported Monday that police stopped A.Ş.’s car for exceeding the speed limit near Boluce neighborhood and fined him/her TL206 [$55].
During a brawl that erupted after he/she was fined, the principal reportedly insulted Erdogan.
A.Ş. was detained to Şehit Mehmet Kartal police station where he was released after interrogation.
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.