Germany to drop 'lese majeste' law
Friday, January 27, 2017
On Wednesday, German Chancellor 's announced Germany is to drop the ' ' law which protects foreign leaders from insult. This law is to come under effect in January 2018.
German justice ministercalled this law redundant and said, "the idea of lese majesty arose in an era long gone by. It no longer belongs in our criminal law".
A year ago, German Turkish president . In the poem he said Erdoğan "kicks the , smacks the Christians, all while watching ", reported. Böhmermann also called the Turkish leader "stupid, cowardly and uptight".presented a poem on the
In April, Böhmermann faced investigation, authorised by Merkel. Judges incalled the poem abusive. In October, the investigation was dropped on grounds of insufficient evidence of a crime. A final hearing on an injunction against Böhmermann is scheduled for February 10 in Hamburg.
If the measure passes, German citizens would not be prosecuted by their government specifically for dishonouring foreign leaders. However, Maas says foreign leaders have the same right as any otherto file a suit.
The change to the law would require action by the German
- Katie Forster. "Germany abolishes law that bans insulting foreign leaders" — , January 25, 2017
- Merrit Kennedy. "Germany Is Scrapping Law That Bans Insulting Foreign Leaders" — , January 25, 2017