I wrote a poem laughing at Recep Tayyip Erdogan as part of a contest for the Spectator magazine. Only when they published the winner I realised someone in Germany is being prosecuted for doing the same.

What charges am I facing? I live in Scotland.

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Jan Böhmermann faces prosecution in Germany for violating their penal code section 103 as discussed here. Lèse-majesté is not a crime in the UK, though apparently it was a common law crime in Scotland until 2010 (though not prosecuted since 1715). Though there is always the possibility of a defamation lawsuit, depending on what you say.

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    This is fine if he stays in Scotland. As you say, it is a crime in Germany and (possibly) Turkey. If he travels to those countries he could be charged.
    – Dale M
    Sep 28, 2016 at 0:18
  • It would also depend on what exactly was said.
    – gnasher729
    Oct 10, 2016 at 12:38

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