Celebrated Turkish actor risks jail over Erdogan 'insult'

Mujdat Gezen’s half-century career as an acclaimed Turkish writer and actor has included awards, a stint as a UN goodwill ambassador and a taste of prison after a 1980 putsch. Now aged 77, the wry-witted comedian and poet with an easy smile and a bad back risks returning to jail on charges of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He is in danger of becoming the latest victim in the Turkish leader’s years-long battle with what he dismissively calls “so-called artists”. “I am even banned from appearing in crossword puzzles,” Gezen quipped. Gezen landed in court with fellow comedian M…

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