Ece Heper

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Canadian Ece Heper is being held in Turkey

A Canadian twin nationwide has reportedly been detained in Turkey for allegedly insulting the nation’s president.

Ece Heper, 50, was arrested on 30 December within the north-eastern city of Kars, her lawyer Sertac Celikkaleli instructed The Canadian Press.

Canadian officers say they’re providing consular help, however launched no additional info.

Turkey’s penal code states that anyone who insults the president can withstand 4 years in jail.

Ms Heper’s good friend Emrah Bayram instructed the BBC she was arrested for Fb posts essential of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“It is ridiculous, she’s expressing her opinion,” he stated.

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President Erdogan’s opponents criticised the arrest, saying he had created “an atmosphere of concern”

Mates say Ms Heper, who lived in Ontario and is reportedly a Canadian-Turkish citizen, has “some well being points” and they’re nervous about her entry to medicine whereas in detention.

Alongside together with her lawyer, they concern it might be at the very least a month earlier than her case goes to trial. They’ve contacted human rights organisations over her case.

Mr Erdogan has been accused of mounting a rising crackdown on freedom of speech.

Nearly 2,000 instances for insulting Mr Erdogan have been opened in recent times.

They embody a former Miss Turkey and a 16-year-old student.

One other man was found guilty of insulting the president and given a suspended one-year jail sentence after he shared photographs evaluating Mr Erdogan to the fictional character Gollum.