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German prosecutors drop probe into comic over Erdogan poem

Published 04/10/2016

Recep Tayyip Erdogan was said to have been insulted in the poem (AP)
Recep Tayyip Erdogan was said to have been insulted in the poem (AP)

German prosecutors have dropped an investigation into a TV comic who wrote a crude poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, citing insufficient evidence that he committed any crime.

In April, the German government granted a Turkish request to allow the possible prosecution of Jan Boehmermann for insulting a foreign head of state.

German law requires the government to grant permission before prosecutors can consider whether to press charges.

Boehmermann had read the poem on ZDF television to illustrate what he said would not be allowed in Germany, contrasting it with another channel's earlier satirical song that also poked fun at Mr Erdogan and angered Turkey.

Prosecutors in Mainz, where ZDF is based, said in a statement on Tuesday that "criminal actions could not be proven with the necessary certainty".

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