Dutchman stuck in Turkey for insulting Erdogan

Dutchman stuck in Turkey for insulting Erdogan

A Dutch-Turkish man in Turkey was arrested on suspicion of insulting the president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

That confirms the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday after news coverage in the newspaper Trouw.

The man last week, immediately upon arrival at the airport of Istanbul arrested. According to the indictment, he has Erdogan on social media, are a “thief” and a “dictator”. Also, he would critically have spoken about the political situation in the country.

The wife and children of the man were also arrested but then quickly released. The man was stuck for a hearing and is in the course of previous week released, but should Turkey not to leave.

The ministry received last Friday an anonymous report about the arrest and says the identity of the man is not yet to know.


The Turkish authorities last week 1098 people arrested due to possible ties with militant groups, or involvement in the failed coup of last year. More than eight hundred of them are associated with the Turkish mental Fethullah Gulen, who, according to Erdogan, the mastermind behind the coup.

Ten Dutch nationals in Turkey are suspected of having ties with the movement of Gulen. They are allowed to the country for some time, do not leave. The group will receive on-the-spot assistance of Dutch diplomats.

Trouw writes that, in which certainly seventy Dutch people are stuck in Turkey, mainly for offences like drug trafficking or theft.

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