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Former Miss Turkey Merve Buyuksarac convicted for 'insulting Recep Tayyip Erdogan' after sharing poem on Instagram

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Feb. 26, 2015 file photo, former Miss Turkey Merve Buyuksarac poses for a photo as she speaks to The Associated Press in Istanbul, Turkey. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)

Feb. 26, 2015 file photo, former Miss Turkey Merve Buyuksarac poses for a photo as she speaks to The Associated Press in Istanbul, Turkey. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)

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Feb. 26, 2015 file photo, former Miss Turkey Merve Buyuksarac poses for a photo as she speaks to The Associated Press in Istanbul, Turkey. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)

Former Miss Turkey Merve Buyuksarac has been convicted of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a social media post.

Ms Buyuksarac was handed a 14-month suspended sentence meaning she will be sent to jail if she does anything in the period deemed to qualify as “reoffending”.

The 27-year-old model, who won the Miss Turkey contest in 2006, was briefly detained for sharing a satirical poem on her Instagram account in 2014.

Called 'The Master’s Poem’, it reportedly criticised Mr Erdogan and adapts the country’s national anthem in its verses.

“I shared it because I found it funny. I had no intention to insult President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” Ms Buyuksarac was quoted as saying at the time.

Prosecutors deemed it to be insulting to Mr Erdogan, who has filed close to 2,000 defamation cases since becoming president in 2014, using a previously little-used law that bars insulting him.

Foreign leaders and international observers have raised concern over deteriorating freedoms in the country, where critical voices in the media and politics have been targeted by a wave of new laws and arrests cracking down on dissent.

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Former Miss Turkey Merve Buyuksarac has been given a suspended sentence (AP)

Former Miss Turkey Merve Buyuksarac has been given a suspended sentence (AP)

Former Miss Turkey Merve Buyuksarac has been given a suspended sentence (AP)

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(FILES) This file photo taken on September 26, 2006 shows Miss Turkish model Merve Buyuksarac appearing on stage during a ceremony at the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw. AFP/Getty Images

(FILES) This file photo taken on September 26, 2006 shows Miss Turkish model Merve Buyuksarac appearing on stage during a ceremony at the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw. AFP/Getty Images

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(FILES) This file photo taken on September 26, 2006 shows Miss Turkish model Merve Buyuksarac appearing on stage during a ceremony at the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw. AFP/Getty Images

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