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Famous musician Serj Tankian, who is lead singer of the world-renowned American Armenian rock band System of a Down (SOAD), has commented on the court case into a comparison between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Gollum, a fictional character that appears in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien and the film versions directed by Peter Jackson.  

“My apologies for staying on Erdogan this week. Russia just accused his family of being involved in the criminal oil trade with Isis today. I'm not posting that but this article below instead which would be very funny if not for the number of journalists imprisoned in Turkey.

I recommend Sir Peter Jackson as an expert witness who surely will proclaim that Erdogan’s comparison to Gollum is hurting Gollum’s image,” Tankian wrote on his Facebook account.

The Turkish court demands that experts should decide whether or not comparing Erdoğan and Gollum was an insult.

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