BERLIN Oct 4 German prosecutors said on Tuesday
that they had dropped an investigation into a German comedian
who was accused of offending a foreign leader after reciting an
obscene poem about Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on national
Comedian Jan Boehmermann read out a poem on a satirical show
in March suggesting Erdogan engaged in bestiality and watched
child pornography, prompting Erdogan to file a complaint with
prosecutors that he had been insulted.
The German government had given prosecutors the green light
to pursue the case against Boehmermann - a move which brought
Chancellor Angela Merkel strong criticism. But prosecutors on
Tuesday said they had not found sufficient evidence to support
the filing of charges.
(Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Andrea Shalal)