Germany chooses to allow possible prosecution of comedian who satirized Turkish president

April 15, 2016 8:31 PM

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Germany’s government cleared a path Friday for the possible prosecution of a popular TV comedian for reading a poem on air satirizing Turkey’s president, despite concerns that legal action would be an attack on free speech.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the decision was not a verdict on comedian Jan Boehmermann’s guilt or innocence. She also announced that her government would abolish its obscure law that permits the prosecution of anyone in Germany who criticizes foreign leaders.

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