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Turkey: Man fired and jailed for ‘explicitly insulting religious values’ over picture of himself drinking alcohol



Did you think Turkey was a secular state? The crime of “insulting religious values” is in the Turkish penal code.

“Turkish court gives jail term to former Pegasus employee over photo with rakı on Islamic holy night,” Duvar English, October 10, 2022 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

A Turkish court has sentenced a former employee of the airline company Pegagus [sic] to 3 months and 22 days in jail over a social media post showing himself and colleagues drinking alcohol on the 27th night of Ramadan, which is called “Kadir Gecesi” (known as Lailat al Kadr or the Night of Power), earlier this year….

The case concerns a photo shared by Onur T. on Instagram with the note of: “Exclusive to Kadir Gecesi, may God accept.” The photo showed Onur T. drinking rakı, the staple Turkish alcoholic beverage, with colleagues.  

After ..... drew the reaction of Islamists, Pegasus fired Onur T. and issued a statement saying that it had “no connection” to the relevant social media post.

Also, prosecutors launched an investigation into the former Pegasus employee over charges of “explicitly insulting the values of religious values [sic] embraced by a fraction of society,” demanding up to 1.5 years in prison.

The court handed down a sentence of 3 months and 22 days for Onur T. over the said charges…