Cafeteria boss detained for insulting Turkish President

500 to face trial over Turkey failed coup

The boss of a cafeteria at a Turkish opposition newspaper has been detained after saying he would refuse to serve tea to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Senol Buran, cafeteria head at Cumhuriyet, was remanded accused of insulting the president.

Mr Buran was on his way to work on 24 December when he found roads were closed as part of security measures for a speech being given by Mr Erdogan.

Mr Buran had told police officers: “I would not serve that man a cup of tea.”

Insulting the President can carry a four-year jail term in the country.

Last month, 10 Cumhuriyet staff members were jailed pending trial, suspected of giving support to Kurdish militants and the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey blames for masterminding the failed coup attempt.

Its former editor-in-chief, Can Dundar, fled to Germany this year pending appeal against a jail sentence.

Mr Erdogan’s critics have accused him of severely curtailing freedom of speech since the coup attempt, with more than 100,000 people sacked or suspended.

His supporters regard him as a strong leader who has been the driving force behind an economic boom

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