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Turkish Teacher Imprisoned for Likening Erdogan to Hitler

A school teacher was sentenced to one year in prison for likening Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Adolf Hitler.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 9/5/2012, 5:44 PM

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Israel news photo: Flash 90

A Turkish school teacher was sentenced to one year in prison for likening Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Adolf Hitler, Anatolia news agency reported. 

The court found Oktay Zaif, who allegedly showed footage of speeches by Hitler and Erdogan during class, guilty of "politically aiming to distance military students from Prime Minister Erdoğan and his party," according to the report.

Zaif claimed that he was unaware that the video compared the two rulers, and reportedly turned it off when he heard the Turkish prime minister's voice. 
 
"I downloaded the video from the Internet because it was related to the World War II," Zaif said. "I discovered the content on the prime minister after it began playing. I turned it off then." 
 
The sentence was reduced to one year and 15 days, from the original one year and three months, after the suspect showed remorse in court, according to the Anatolia news agency.