Germany has allowed criminal investigation into comedian for making a joke
[JURIST] German Chancellor Angela Merkel [official website] announced on Friday she will allow a criminal inquiry to proceed against German comedian Jan Boehmermann after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a complaint. The comedian made sexual references to Erdogan on the public television station ZDF [official website] two weeks ago and could be prosecuted under a rarely usedsection of the German criminal code [text] which allows prosecution for defamation of officials of foreign state. The relevant section of the code states
Whosoever insults a foreign head of state, or, with respect to his position, a member of a foreign government who is in Germany in his official capacity, or a head of a foreign diplomatic mission who is accredited in the Federal territory shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding three years or a fine, in case of a slanderous insult to imprisonment from three months to five years.