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Turkish teen sentenced for Net comments

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A Turkish court gave a teenager a 10-month suspended jail sentence for using the Internet to criticize rough police treatment of a group of blind protesters, a court official said on Tuesday.

In a landmark case, 18-year-old Emre Ersoz was charged with "publicly insulting state security forces" after comments he made on Turknet's online daily forum last December."I can confirm that he was sentenced to 10 months for publicly insulting the police force, but his sentence was suspended for five years," an official at Istanbul's Beyoglu court told Reuters.

The case is the first to pit users of the decentralized communication highway against Turkish security forces, who traditionally brook little dissent.

Mainstream daily Radikal said Ersoz signed off using his name and e-mail address, and was then reported to the police by another user.

State prosecutors then applied to Turkish Internet provider Turknet for Ersoz's full address.

Ersoz was taking part in a debate centered around police treatment of a group of blind people protesting against potholes in pavements.