29 May '14, 5pm

Turkey sentences Twitter user to jail for blasphemy via @yahoosg

A Turkish court on Thursday handed a 15-month jail term to a teacher over Twitter posts deemed religiously offensive, local media reported on Thursday. The court in the eastern city of Mus ruled that the man, identified as Ertan P., insulted Islamic values with his Twitter handle -- @allah (cc) -- and a series of tweets he posted, Hurriyet newspaper reported on its website. The defendant claimed his account had been hacked and appealed against the sentence, Hurriyet said. Pretending to tweet as God, he wrote: "In my present state of mind, I would not have created the little finger of human beings". "Here (heaven) is very safe because there is no police," he tweeted in reference to police crackdown on protesters during mass anti-government demonstrations in June last year. The Islamic-rooted government banned Twitter in March after the micro-blogging site was used to spread...

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