ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court overseeing the case of a doctor accused of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ruled that a committee of experts should assess whether the fictional Lord of the Rings character Gollum is good or bad.
Bilgin Ciftci faces up to two years in prison for allegedly insulting a state official by juxtaposing pictures of Gollum and Erdogan on social media.
Lawyer Hicran Danisman told the AP Wednesday that she was forced to argue in court this week that « Gollum is not a bad character » because she got « nowhere » with a defense case based on freedom of expression.
Danisman said that prompted the judge to rule that a committee, including psychologists and movie experts, should provide an assessment of Gollum’s character.
Trial was adjourned until Feb. 23.
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