Germany grants call to allow comedian prosecution

April 15, 2016 11:30 AM

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BERLIN - The German government has granted a Turkish request to allow the possible prosecution of a German TV comedian who wrote a crude poem about Turkey’s president, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday.

Ankara demanded last week to have comedian Jan Boehmermann prosecuted for insulting a foreign head of state. German law required Merkel’s government to grant permission for prosecutors to press charges — if they choose to do so.

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