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While most politicians try to ignore these jibes, it seems Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a little less fond of low-brow satire.

This might be why a Turkish doctor, who pointed out physical similarities between Erdogan and Lord of the Rings character Gollum, is potentially facing two years in jail for his Facebook post.

It is illegal to insult the president under Turkish law, which has landed physician Bilgin Ciftci in court.

As if this case wasn’t bizarre enough already, the court date had to be postponed until February 2016, because none of the judges or prosecutors in the case had seen the Lord of the Rings films, and therefore needed to watch the acclaimed series before being able to offer a fair trial.

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