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Footballer alleged to have promoted terror

A Turkish footballer is facing jail for social media posts alleged to have promoted terrorism.
Footballer alleged to have promoted terror
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Turkish lower league footballer Deniz Naki faces up to five years in prison after being charged by prosecutors for social media posts which allegedly contain terrorist propaganda, a report said Wednesday.

The German-born Amedspor player is expected to appear in court within days for seven posts which "incite hatred and hostility toward a group by another group who bore different characteristics due to its region, to undermine the region's locals' trust in the Turkish Republic and overtly make propaganda for the PKK/KCK terror organisation," according to the Dogan agency, who quoted the indictment.

Naki, 27, denied wrong-doing as he wanted to share peaceful messages.

The player was previously with St Pauli and Paderborn in Germany along with Turkish top-flight side Genclerbirligi before joining third-tier Amedspor.

He was banned for 12 games earlier in 2016 by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) for conducting "ideological propaganda" after a cup victory against Bursaspor.

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