Prosecutors seek prison term for ex-Miss Turkey

Angelo Anderson
December 7, 2017

An Istanbul prosecutor has demanded up to one year in jail for the victor of Miss Turkey 2017, who was previously dethroned over a tweet she posted about the July 2016 coup attempt. An Istanbul prosecutor has indicted 18-year-old Itir Esen, who in September was stripped of her title after one day, for "publicly humiliating a segment of the society" following three official complaints over her tweet, Dogan reported.

Turkish media reported that the tweet, which has since been erased, said: "I got my period on the morning of the July 15 martyrs' day".

Prosecutors are seeking up to a year to jail for her based on the charge of "publicly denigrating some part of society based on their class, race, religion, sect, gender or regional differences". "As a representation of our martyrs' blood, I am commemorating this day by bleeding".

Esen's tweet had drawn outrage from the public and prompted the Miss Turkey competition to remove her crown.

An Istanbul court is due to decide whether to approve the indictment within 15 days, Dogan said.

Victor contestants Itir Esen (C), crowned as Miss Turkey World, Asli Sumen (L), crowned as Miss Turkey Universe and Pinar Tartan (R), crowned as Miss Turkey Supranational, are seen at the end of the Miss Turkey 2017 beauty contest at the Grand Pera Emek Stage in Istanbul, Turkey on September 21, 2017.

The indictment, filed on December 7, stated three people had filed a criminal complaint against Esen over her tweet.

Critics say the state of freedom of expression is deteriorating in Turkey under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as thousands have been prosecuted for social media postings deemed to have insulted the Turkish leader since he came to office in 2014.

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