The social media activities of former Miss Turkey Merve Buyuksarac have landed her in a legal dilemma that may cost the ex- model her freedom.
Last summer, Buyuksarac shared a satirical poem mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on her Instagram account. The post was soon deleted, but police detained her last month for insulting the public official.
An Istanbul prosecutor is now attempting to take her to court, where she could face up to two years in prison if found guilty, according to her lawyer.
The Criminal Court of First Instance in Istanbul will decide whether to initiate proceedings.
Apparently, the former beauty queen shared the text titled “The Master’s Poem” which originally appeared in a satirical Turkish magazine – a publication famous for mocking Turkish officials, especially Erdogan – with her followers. Buyuksarac, however, claims that it was all in good humor and she didn’t intend to insult anyone.
"I shared it because it was funny to me," she told the press. "I did not intend to insult Recep Tayyip Erdoğan."
Buyuksarac won Miss Turkey in 2006 and now works as an industrial designer and writer with a huge fan base.
In recent times, insulting the leaders has become a rather risky business in Turkey. Ever since Erdogan left prime minister’s office for the post of country’s president, the government has charged more than 60 people for disrespecting the devout Muslim leader in various incidents.