Turkish schoolboy accused of insulting president released from custody

A Turkish teenager has been released from custody after his arrest for allegedly insulting the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, caused uproar. The 16-year-old student, Mehmet Emin Altunses, was taken away from his school on Wednesday and jailed for making a speech during a student protest in which he reportedly said Erdoğan was regarded as the “thieving owner of the illegal palace”. It was a reference to a government corruption scandal as well as a controversial 1,150-room palace Erdoğan inaugurated in October. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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