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Turkey: Fashion designer Sansal on trial for inciting 'hatred and enmity' in twitter video00:58

Turkey: Fashion designer Sansal on trial for inciting 'hatred and enmity' in twitter video

Turkey, Istanbul
March 16, 2017 at 23:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkish fashion designer Barbaros Sansal was greeted by fans in Istanbul, Thursday, following a court hearing where he is standing trial for inciting "hatred and enmity" after posting a twitter video critical of Turkey and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government.

Sansal released the video on his twitter account on New Year's Eve 2016, decrying Turkish celebrations in the face of "so much filth, vileness and poverty." The clip was posted on the same night that 39 people were killed in Istanbul in a nightclub shooting, later claimed by the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Sansal was expelled from Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus on Jan 2 for making the video, and attacked on his return to Istanbul, where he was later taken into custody.

The trial is adjourned until June. Sansal denies all charges.

Turkey: Fashion designer Sansal on trial for inciting 'hatred and enmity' in twitter video00:58
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Turkish fashion designer Barbaros Sansal was greeted by fans in Istanbul, Thursday, following a court hearing where he is standing trial for inciting "hatred and enmity" after posting a twitter video critical of Turkey and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government.

Sansal released the video on his twitter account on New Year's Eve 2016, decrying Turkish celebrations in the face of "so much filth, vileness and poverty." The clip was posted on the same night that 39 people were killed in Istanbul in a nightclub shooting, later claimed by the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Sansal was expelled from Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus on Jan 2 for making the video, and attacked on his return to Istanbul, where he was later taken into custody.

The trial is adjourned until June. Sansal denies all charges.

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