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Prosecutors seeking jail term for ex-Miss Turkey over Twitter post about coup

Prosecutors in Turkey are seeking a maximum one-year prison term for a former beauty queen who was stripped of her crown over a social media posting deemed to be "insulting" to the victims of last year's failed coup.

Anadolu Agency reported on Thursday that prosecutors in Istanbul have charged 18-year-old Itir Esen with "overtly insulting a section of the public" for a remark she posted on Twitter as the country held memorials on the anniversary of the coup.

Ms Esen, who was stripped of her Miss Turkey 2017 title a day after the competition in September when the tweet came to light, denies any intent to insult.

The posting caused uproar on social media.

A court must accept the indictment before a trial date is set.


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