Video - Germany: Merkel allows trial to go ahead over satirical Erdogan poem
Merkel should be hanged by the neck until dead.
German broadcaster ZDF defends Böhmermann satire as 'legally permissible' German comedian Jan Böhmermann has not signed a "cease and desist" letter, increasing the likelihood that the case may be taken to court.
German broadcaster ZDF has defended his controversial poem to prosecutors. German comedy show host Jan Böhmermann on the set of his ZDF show NEO Magazin Satire show host Jan Böhmermann is letting the clock run out on signing a declaration of discontinuance, the German lawyer of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed.
Erdogan's council, Michael-Hubertus von Sprenger, told news agency AFP that he is now preparing to file an injunction against the German comedian within the month.
When asked by news agency AFP whether or not the matter will, in the end, be settled in court, von Springer replied: "Yes, I assume."
Two weeks ago, Böhmermann read out a so-called "Defamatory Poem" about Erdogan on his show "Neo Magazine Royale" where he purposefully used insulting language. The declaration of discontinuance called for the 35-year-old comedian to never repeat the poem or start circulating it again.
In a letter rejecting the terms of the cease and desist order, Böhmermann's lawyer, Christian Schertz, wrote that that the context of the poem "has been obviously overlooked," quoted the German newspaper "Süddeutsche Zeitung."
The satirical poem was not broadcast or circulated as a singular item, explained Schertz, "but rather as part of an overall view on what is allowed in Germany and what is not."AND THEN THERE'S THIS: