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Man who compared Erdogan to ‘Lord of the Rings’ character Gollum escapes jail unscathed


Recep Erdogan, Turkey’s tyrannical president, has always had a reputation for being precious about his image.

And today the tinpot leader confirmed in his country there really is one king to rule them all, after hounding a man through the courts for comparing him to Lord of the Rings character Gollum.

Rifat Cetin was only narrowly spared jail and has been stripped of his parental rights after remarking on social media of the likeness between despot Erdogan and the “small, slimy creature” from the blockbuster films.

He is just the latest of some 1,800 people including cartoonists and a former Miss Turkey to be convicted of insulting the authoritarian leader under draconian laws he brought in to “protect” his office.

The case provides further evidence of Turkey’s alarming lurch towards dictatorship under Erdogan at a time when the country’s impending membership of the European Union is being accelerated.

Gollum from the Lord of the Rings film

Gollum from the Lord of the Rings film. Rifat Cetin said Erdogan was ‘slimy’ like the Lord of the Rings character.

The Turkish President previously complained about German comedian Jan Boehmermann
Brussels officials are set to meet diplomats from Ankara after today’s Brexit referendum to discuss the next phase in the plan to bring Turkey into the EU club within the next few decades.

A judge handed Cetin a one year jail sentence, suspended for five years and stripped him of his parental custody rights, according to the Hurriyet newspaper.

The maximum jail term for insulting Erdogan is four years, and he has now been warned he will go to jail if he commits another “crime”.

The court was told that Cetin posted an image on Facebook in 2014 in which he combined three pictures of Erdogan with the Gollum character, immortalized in J.R.R Tolkien’s classic trilogy and played by Andy Serkis in the Hollywood films.


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