Turkish man faces dire consequences for making meme with Erdogan as LOTR villain Gollum

12:05 AM | 25 Jun, 2016
Turkish man faces dire consequences for making meme with Erdogan as LOTR villain Gollum
ANKARA (Web Desk) - A man who portrayed Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan as the ‘Lord of the Rings’ villain Gollum has been convicted of insulting the president and warned that he may be punished with a possible year-long jail term in case of a similar offense in the future, the Hürriyet newspaper reported.

Dr Çiftçi, who was expelled from his job at the Public Health Institution of Turkey in October, compares three images of Mr Erdogan with Gollum, brought to life in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy by Andy Serkis. The images draw a comparison between both figures as they are seen eating, and expressing surprise and amazement.

A court in the southwestern province of Antalya sentenced Rıfat Çetin to a year in jail, a sentence, however, that it suspended for five years, media reports say.

Under Turkish law, the offence is punishable by up to four years in prison.

Prosecutors have accused more than 1,800 people, including cartoonists and a former Miss Turkey, of insulting Erdogan, who has dominated – and polarized – Turkish politics for a decade and a half.

The court also stripped Çetin of his parental custody rights, the Hürriyet said, without giving details. A court official declined to comment on the case when contacted by Reuters.

Earlier, Çetin had posted an image on Facebook in 2014 in which he combined three pictures of Erdogan with Gollum, the newspaper said.

Çetin told another newspaper, daily BirGün, he planned to appeal the verdict given that Erdogan was not president, but prime minister when the image was posted.


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 22 May 2024

 Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 22, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.05 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349 for buying, and 352.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 277.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349 352.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.34 748.34
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.91
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.3 912.3
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.34 59.94
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.11 172.11
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.13 731.13
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.98 26.28
Swiss Franc CHF 305.97 308.47
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82


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