Germany: Bohmermann's lawyer 'optimistic' about winning Erdogan satirical poem trial

Christian Schertz, lawyer of German TV comic Jan Bohmermann, stated that he feels "optimistic" about winning his client's trial, speaking to the press after a hearing in connection with a prohibitory injunction filed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
"If you look at the performance as a whole, everybody including the prosecution and the participating lawyers agree that it is permitted. Therefore I am optimistic about winning this trial if not in this instance, then in the next," Schertz told journalists in Hamburg on Wednesday.
He continued, "we are not dealing with an attempt at purely discrediting Mr Erdogan; rather than that Mr Boehmermann wanted to show Mr Erdogan, who kicked press freedom with his feet and summoned the German ambassador for no reason, how press freedom works in Germany."
Schertz said he believes that Bohmermann's case "is much less about freedom of the press rather than about freedom of the arts, which is a much higher good than freedom of the press."
Speaking on the case, Erdogan's lawyer Michael-Hubertus von Sprenger said that "in such a trial you can never be sure of winning." However, "no new facts have emerged since the preliminary injunction... and from a legal perspective nothing relevant has changed. I cannot imagine why the court should decide differently," he added.
The new case, which stipulates a total ban on all further broadcasts of a so-called 'defamatory poem' by Boehmermann that satirised Erdogan, was re-opened after it was initially dropped by the prosecutor's office in Mainz on October 4.
Under paragraph 104a of Germany's criminal code, the government was impelled to authorise prosecutors to pursue a case against Jan Boehmermann, host of Neo Magazin Royale, after he presented his satirical poem about the Turkish president on the public ZDF channel on March 31. The poem accuses Erdogan of repressing Turkey's national and religious minorities - Kurds and Christians; and refers to the Turkish leader as a 'goat f*cker.'

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