Merkel Allows Probe of German Comedian Over Erdogan Satire

April 15, 2016 11:30 AM

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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government granted Turkey’s request to proceed with legal action against a German satirist who derided President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, risking a domestic backlash over freedom of expression.

“We’re allowing this because we are confident of the strong justice system in our state,” Merkel told reporters in Berlin Friday.

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