Barış İnce, Responsible Editor for General Publication for the socialist daily Birgün, who is on trial with charges of “defamation” and “violation of secrecy” regarding his newspaper’s coverage of corruption allegations against then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his son Bilal Erdoğan; may face yet another trial for insulting the president.
The first hearing of the trial was held on October 21. İnce, who is on trial without arrest, has presented a written defense which featured an acrostic; the first letters of the each paragraph read “Tayyip the thief” (Hırsız Tayyip) from top to bottom. İnce has personally stated the existence of the acrostic. Since Erdoğan is now the president; this may mean a new charge of insult and up to four years in prison for the editor; the daily Birgün reported on January 16.