His satirical poem had infuriated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and sparked Ankara’s diplomatic protests. Now the German comedian, Jan Bohmermann, will undergo trial for defamation. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has given the green light to his indictment.
Two weeks ago, the 35 year-old Bohmermann had read during his program on German public television ZDF a satirical poem in which, among other things, he suggested that the Turkish leader has sex with goats, watches child pornography while repressing minorities, kicks the Kurds and beats Christians.
Turkey had immediately protested, asking for the comedian to be charged: in fact, German law comprises the crime of defamation of foreign heads of State, punishing it with up to five years of imprisonment. Germany plans to abrogate this regulation, as Merkel rushed to point out after having approved the Turkish request.