Novelist and journalist Ahmet Altan testifies in “insult” case, says the court case “should be dropped if Erdoğan and I are equal before the law”

PUNTO24 / March 2, 2017 Istanbul

Renowned journalist and novelist Ahmet Altan appeared on Thursday before a judge in the latest hearing of a case in which he is charged with “insulting the president” in remarks during a television program in September.

Altan, held in pre-trial detention since September in a separate case in which he faces accusations of “attempting to overthrow the Government of the Republic of Turkey” and “membership in a terrorist organization,” said the court case against him should be dropped on the basis of a previous ruling handed down in response to an insult complaint against Erdoğan.

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