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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Turkish Twitter user sentenced to 15 months for 'humiliating religious values' because he had 'Allah' in his handle

A teacher using the Twitter nickname 'Allah C.C.' has been jailed in Turkey for 'humiliating religious values' 

C.C. is the abbreviation of the honorific Arabic phrase 'Celle Celaluhu' which means, '[Allah's] glory is so almighty.' His handle, still live on Twitter, also included the Prophet's name.

On the indictment he was charged with 'humiliating the religious values accepted by a part of the people'.

Prosecutors said: 'The suspect has accepted the use of the nickname and the posts, but in order to avoid the crime, he said posts could have been written after the account was hacked.
'It is understood that this claim is unfounded and the investigation files prove him guilty as charged.'
In March, Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan tried to ban Twitter altogether after some users posted links suggesting government corruption.

However, the following month Erdogan said he had to comply with a Turkish high court ruling to unblock Twitter after it ruled the ban violated the right to free expression.



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