Story By: Feza Uzay, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
Turkish prosecutors want to jail playboy model Marisa Papen for seven years over nude photos taken in the Hagia Sophia and for posing naked on the Turkish Flag in Cappadocia.
The Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has completed the investigation launched after Papen posed naked on the Turkish flag in Cappadocia and posed naked in Hagia Sophia in 2018. At the time it was a museum but has since been converted back into a Mosque.
The decision to press ahead with the prosecution comes after Marisa told Newsflash that she had opened her ‘Naked Atlas’ webpage featuring all the countries she has ever posed nude – also including her famous photoshoots at the Vatican and Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall.
Speaking exclusively to Newsflash about the criminal charges, Marisa said that news of the plans to press ahead with the case which could see her jailed for up to 7 years was a shock coming just before Christmas, especially as she had not heard anything from Turkish officials, and believed the matter had been put to one side.
In other countries where there was anger over her unique way of campaigning for more freedom of expression including Israel and Egypt she was only fined before being freed.
In Turkey, they are taking it one stage further, and in the indictment prepared by the Chief Prosecutor’s Office, seen by Newsflash, the prosecutor is demanding that the “suspect Papen” be convicted and jailed for “Insulting the signs of the state’s sovereignty”, “Lurid acts” and “Obscenity”.
The indictment prepared was accepted by the Istanbul Criminal Court of the First Instance.
At the time of the photo shoot, police wanted to question her but she had already left the country. However, now that the investigation by the Chief Prosecutor’s Office has been completed, an arrest warrant has been issued for the model.
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