Merkel criticized, lauded for allowing comic'south prosecution

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 4:42 PM

Some commentators praised the move as a vote of confidence in the country'south justice system while others accused Merkel of kowtowing to Turkey, whose president had filed a valid complaint against the comic.

Merkel criticized, lauded for allowing comic'south prosecution

Chancellor Angela Merkel'south decision to authorize the possible prosecution of a TV comedian for writing an intentionally offensive poem about Turkey'south president prompted mixed reactions in Germany on Saturday.

Some commentators praised the move as a vote of confidence in the country'south justice system while others accused Merkel of kowtowing to Turkey, whose president had filed a valid complaint against the comic.

In the different move, Merkel called a short-notice news conference Friday to personally announce that her government had granted Turkey'south request to let prosecutors examine a criminal complaint against the comedian for writing an intentionally offensive poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Below German law, the government has to grant permission before prosecutors can consider whether to press charges against someone for the crime of insulting a foreign head of state.

"It'south not clear what reasons weighed so heavily that she'd to get this legally, politically and morally unnecessary as well as disastrous step," wrote Torsten Krauel, chief opinion writer of the center-right German daily Die Welt.

Krauel described Merkel'south decision as bow to Erdogan, whose assistance the chancellor depends on for her map to reduce the inflow of migrants to Europe. Any conviction of comedian January Boehmermann would presently "carry her political signature," he said, noting that previously Merkel had been known as a powerful defender of free speech and for shrugging off public attacks against her in foreign media.

Others praised Merkel'south move, arguing that it'd highlight the independence of Germany'south judicial system.

"Unlike in Russia or Turkey, innocent people don't have to fear the regulation of law in this country," wrote Berthold Kohler, a publisher of the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. "The Boehmermann case is therefore better left in the hands of independent judges."

The comedian himself indicated that he planned to get a crack from television for a while.

In a Facebook posting Saturday, Boehmermann said he'd received support from "the overwhelming majority of those who aren't President Erdogan."

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