facebook
twitter
search
search

Writer faces charges for making pun about Turkish PM's middle name

Oct. 4, 2013 at 4:07 PM

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A Turkish writer has been charged with insulting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan by making a pun about his middle name, officials say.

Emrah Serbes made the pun in a television show, changing the prime minister's middle name to "Tazyik," Hurriyet Daily News and Milliyet reported Friday.

"Tazyik" means "pressurized water," an allusion to the 14 tons of water mixed with tear gas used by police to quell peaceful demonstrations in May.

If convicted, Serbes faces a jail term of 10 months to 12 years.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Kurds plan to carve state out of Iraq after fighting stops, leaders say
Kentucky clerk sued for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses
Van hauling fireworks catches fire on I-15 near California-Nevada border
Sean 'Diddy' Combs avoids felony rap for attacking UCLA coach
New Elvis stamp features a more toned-down King of Rock 'n' Roll