Kurdish Politician Receives Another Year in Jail for Insulting Erdogan
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Kurdish Politician Receives Another Year in Jail for Insulting Erdogan

ERBIL - A former member of the Turkish parliament from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has been given another year in jail for allegedly insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, her lawyers said.

Sebahat Tuncel received 11 months and 20 days of imprisonment for calling Erdogan "an enemy of women and Kurds", attorney Sivan Cemil Ozen said in a statement, as cited by Asharq Al-Awsat.

The HDP lawmaker had made the comments in a speech in 2016. Her lawyer argued that Tuncel's words had been taken out of context.

"Her statements were criticism of a political rival, which is within the boundaries of freedom of expression," she said.