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ANKARA, Turkey — A courtroom in Istanbul on Wednesday handed Turkish pop singer Gulsen a 10-month suspended sentence after convicting her of “inciting hatred and enmity” over a joke about Turkey’s non secular faculties, the nation’s state-run information company reported.

The singer-songwriter was briefly jailed final 12 months for the joke she made throughout a live performance, when she quipped that the “perversion” of one among her musicians got here from attending a spiritual faculty.

The 46-year-old singer, whose full title is Gulsen Colakoglu, was jailed for 5 days and later spent 15 days beneath home arrest regardless of having apologized for any offense she prompted non secular faculty graduates.

The courtroom on Wednesday discovered her responsible of the cost and initially sentenced her to 1 12 months in jail, Anadolu Company reported. The courtroom later diminished the sentence, citing her “respectful stance” throughout the trial. Gulsen will face jail if she reoffends inside the subsequent 5 years.

There was no fast remark from the singer.

Gulsen had vehemently rejected accusations that she aimed to “incite hatred” insisting that her remark “was a joke between two folks.”

She had advised the courtroom in her protection that she had teased a band member who was nicknamed “Imam” however had not attended a spiritual faculty.

On Wednesday, lawyer Ziya Ilker Goktas reiterated that the remark was a joke and requested her acquittal insisting “there was no crime.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and lots of members of his Islam-based ruling social gathering are graduates of non secular faculties, referred to as Imam Hatip, which had been initially established to coach imams.

Turkey’s penal code criminalizes incitement of hatred and enmity in opposition to totally different teams in society primarily based on class, race, faith or sect, requiring a jail sentence in circumstances that result in threats in opposition to public security.

Gulsen was beforehand a goal in Islamic circles for her revealing stage outfits and for unfurling an LGBTQ flag at a live performance.