Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s German lawyer Michael-Hubertus von Sprenger has resigned from representing Erdogan in a lawsuit against comedian Jan Bohmermann, who read a poem smearing him on German TV last year.
“I don’t want to comment on the reasons behind my decision,” von Sprenger said, but according to the German news outlet Meedia, von Sprenger added that he felt personally attacked by Erdogan’s Nazi comparisons.
“Due to his political activities, my father was in prison under National Socialism. He was threatened with deportation to concentration camps,” the German lawyer was quoted as saying.
“The Bohmermann Affair” sparked controversy last year and Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised the poem as “intentionally hurtful.”
The decision by Merkel to approve a criminal prosecution of Bohmermann was met with wide criticism from the German public and the international press.
A Hamburg court settled for a ban on publicly reciting 18 out of 24 lines of the poem but the Turkish President sought to ban the poem completely and bring Bohmermann before the courts under a criminal case for an offence against a sovereign or a state.