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Miss Turkey on Trial for Allegedly Insulting President Erdogan

Merve Buyuksarac is seen backstage at the Gizia show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul s/s 2014 presented by American Express on October 7, 2013 in Turkey.

Merve Buyuksarac is seen backstage at the Gizia show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul s/s 2014 presented by American Express on October 7, 2013 in Turkey.

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A former Miss World contestant is among the latest targets of prosecution for allegedly insulting Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as a crackdown on criticism extends to individuals on social media.

Since Erdogan was elected president in August, 67 people have been charged with insulting him, about one case every three days, Diken news reported on Feb. 21. A prosecutor has requested more than four years in jail for Merve Buyuksarac, a model who was Miss Turkey in 2006, for a satirical poem she posted on the photo-sharing site Instagram, the official Anadolu Agency reported Tuesday, citing the indictment. A lawyer for Erdogan submitted a complaint about the 26 year-old model in November last year, it said.