Criminal Code (2004) (excerpts)

Criminal Code of Turkey
Excerpt from Criminal Code, Law Nr. 5237, Passed On 26.09.2004; (Official Gazette No. 25611 dated 12.10.2004)


Damaging Places of Worship and Cemeteries
Article 153

(1) Any person who damages the buildings, associated buildings (or structures upon such) of a place of worship or the removable property therein, or a structure with the purpose of protecting a cemetery by destroying, damaging or breaking such, shall be sentenced to a penalty of imprisonment for a term of one to four years.

(2) Any person who soils the places or structures listed in the first section shall be sentenced to a penalty of imprisonment for a term of three months to one year, or a judicial fine.

(3) Where the offences in sections one and two are committed with the aim of defaming a related religious group then the penalty shall be increased by one third.