Excerpted From Heat Street: Germany has given up its absurd attempt to jail a comedian for insulting the president of Turkey.
Jan Boehmermann became an enemy of the state after reading out a satirical poem on TV which alleged that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has “a tiny wang” and enjoys sex with goats.
The mocking tirade was a protest against German laws which banned insulting foreign heads of state. Here’s a translation from Reddit of what he said:
Erdogan, a thin-skinned authoritarian who has held high office in Turkey for 14 years, made an official complaint, sparking a criminal investigation and risking jail.
But prosecutors in the city of Mainz have now said there is insufficient evidence to take Boehmermann to court – despite the fact that he broke the law publicly and on purpose.
Angela Merkel, whose cabinet approved the prosecution was harshly criticised for not defend German free speech. She has now pledged to repeal the law prevent insults against foreign dignitaries. Keep reading