A Turkish court will try Fazil Say today on charges that he insulted Islam. He is accused of publishing tweets earlier this year, suggesting that a muezzin’s call to prayer was cut short so that he could get back to his bottle and his girlfriend. Say’s defence is that he merely retweeted messages sent by others and he committed no offence against public order.
If convicted, he could face two years in jail. It is not yet known whether he will appear in court. Say, an avowed atheist, has announced his intention to emigrate to Japan.