The scandal posed one of the biggest challenges to his 11-year-rule, leading
three members of his cabinet to quit and drawing international criticism for
his response, tightening Internet controls and reassigning police, judges
The teenager, who is being held in detention, has pleaded not guilty, Dogan
News Agency said.
The boy’s arrest sparked fierce criticism of Mr Erdogan by opponents.
Atilla Kart, of the main opposition party CHP, said on Twitter that “an
environment of fear, oppression and threat” was being created by the
Turkey’s penal code forbids insulting the president. Ahmet Davutoglu, the
prime minister, was critical of the teenager and said everyone should
respect the post of the presidency