BECAUSE HE SHOULD HAVE OFFENED TURKEY!
On November 4th, the doctor and companions flew with the airline “Sunexpress” from Düsseldorf to Antalya. After landing, they waited at the baggage carousel. There the dentist is said to have had an argument with other passengers.
High prison sentence threatens
Witnesses later claimed to the police that the doctor loudly insulted Turkey and the Turks. “You Turks are just like that, it’s not a democratic country here anyway,” the German called out.
One of the bystanders even claims to have filmed the German tourist insulting him. He then reported the German to the police. The officers are said to have briefly arrested and questioned the dentist. The accusation: “Denigration of the state and its organs”, punishable under Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code. It carries up to four years in prison, possibly even more if insulted in public.
According to BILD information, the arrested person is said to be Dr. Kristian B. (63) from Wuppertal, who has been running a dental practice there since 1996. Apparently he had to hand in his passport, is no longer allowed to leave the country and is waiting in a hotel for the court hearing.
When asked by BILD, the Foreign Office said that the authority was aware of the case. The person concerned is being looked after by the German consulate in Antalya.