Charlie Hebdo 20.01.2015
A lawyer in Erzurum has filed a criminal complaint on the Republic Newspaper and Charlie Hebdo journal published in Paris on the grounds of misusing religious beliefs – Lawyer Polat: “We’re sons of a generation who conquered Istanbul upon a remark of our prophet. We, as the sons of such a generation, made what is required, filed a criminal complaint because of this disrespect against him”
ERZURUM (AA) – A lawyer in Erzurum has filed a criminal complaint on the Republic Newspaper and Charlie Hebdo journal published in Paris.
Lawyer Mustafa Polat stated that Prophet Muhammed’s representative picture, even though drawing and publishing his picture is accepted as a sin according to Islam, was drawn for commercial purposes and in a humiliating manner, in Charlie Hebdo journal dated 14 January 2015 all over the world, and in editions of Republic Newspaper published in Turkey on the same day, in his criminal complaint petition submitted to Public Prosecutor of Erzurum.
Who expressed that religious values of the people have been humiliated in a manner goes beyond the freedom of expression through the press by making humiliating statements in relation with Prophet Muhammed and Islam religion with a number of articles in particular the article titled as “Forgave, Allah is great” taken part in the said journal and newspaper and the people has been incited to hatred and enmity, emphasized that the attack made to the journal because of the publications made also establishes proof indirectly that the people has been instigated.
Polat who stated that when the next and previous sales figure of the journal and newspaper are examined, it would be understood that these kind of news are made intended for increasing sales and completely with material concerns, and have not a relation with the freedom of expression also available in the constitution, stressed that this also has no concern with the freedom of expression or freedom of press.
Polat who indicated that he, as a person who believes in Islam religion, was a complainant and plaintiff against this journal which has committed the offenses taken part in 216/3, 218th articles defined in Turkish Penal Code and made these publications with material concerns and also against the Republic Newspaper which committed the same offense by placing these publications of that journal in its newspaper, also noted that he has requested an expert report from Directorate of Religious Affairs on the Prophet Muhammed’s picture drawn, when this report is received, his rightfulness will be proved officially.
In the written statement made on this subject, expressed that “We’re the sons of a generation who has conquered Istanbul upon a remark of our prophet. We have made what is required, filed a criminal complaint on the grounds of disrespect against him. If the courts take decision on behalf of Turkish nation, they’re required to punish those who made these publications. Because, religious beliefs of our national has been abused.
NOT: Döküman içeriği hakkında yabancı dilde yazılmış olması nedeniyle hiçbir bilgimiz ve sorumluluğumuz bulunmamaktadır.