German Chancellor Angela Merkel has accepted Turkey's request to allow a criminal probe of comedian Jan Böhmermann, who read out a crude satirical poem mocking President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on German TV. The case has even split Merkel's cabinet.
German satirist Jan Böhmermann has threatened legal action against Merkel if she doesn't take back her statement on Böhmermann's poem about Turkish President Erdogan. Merkel had called it "purposefully offensive."
German comedian Jan Böhmermann appeared on US national TV, striking a chord with late night show host Seth Meyers. Böhmermann disclosed some of his personal experiences being sued by the Turkish president.
Germany's parliament has voted to scrap its law protecting heads of state and governments from insults. The decision comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tried to indict a prominent German satirist.
German prosecutors have found insufficient evidence to charge comedian Jan Böhmermann for his televised poem insulting Turkey's president. Böhmermann was responding to Recep Tayyip Erdogan's lust for libel litigation.
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