Turkish composer Erdal Guney was sentenced to nearly 12 months in prison for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a 2014 single.
Guney was given 11 months and 20 days in prison for insulting the President in his song, titled Babacigim [Daddy], Birgun daily reported on May 29. His conviction was suspended on a 5-year probation.
The singer was also sentenced to TL 1860 [$415] for insulting the president’s son Bilal Erdogan in the same song.
The humorous song was made in reference to 2013 corruption and bribery investigations that implicated Erdogan’s son and several then-cabinet ministers.
The lyrics of the song are as follows:
“Daddy, daddy! Teach me maths.
What does ‘zeroing’ mean? Introduce it to me.
The truth will be uncovered one day.
The only passion of my father is the shoeboxes.
I am not good at geometry that I can’t even trim the beard like a round.
Parallels are so confusing that I can’t handle the tape recordings.
Pro-gov’t media are ‘in the pool,’ laundering the dirt.
Don’t worry, daddy! We are rubbing the dirt from the clothes.
Four fingers imply the four ministers. The thumb is…hush!
Our business is all about looting, in the service sector and so on.
Slackers, pranksters…Their true colours are not shown.
Come over to the balcony, daddy! Scenery is spectacular.
‘Pardon me, daddy’?”
Zeroing refers to a 2013 tape recording in which Erdogan and his son Bilal were purportedly heard discussing how to reduce the funds stocked at their relatives’ places to “zero” by distributing them among several businessmen, just after Erdogan heard about the investigations. At one point, the voice supposedly of Bilal says some 30 million euros ($40 million) remain to be disposed of. Meanwhile, several people including a public banker and a pro-government businessman were busted with large sums of money in shoeboxes at their homes.
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