German newspaper Berliner Morgenpost is reporting that he will be charged under section 103 of the German Criminal Code, which makes it a crime to insult a representative of a foreign government (link in German). That is the same, rarely used legal clause that Turkey cited in its complaint against Boehmermann.

German chancellor Angela Merkel ignited a firestorm of criticism last week when she okayed a criminal prosecution of Boehmermann. Merkel has stressed that allowing a prosecution does not undermine Boehmermann’s presumption of innocence and has also said that she supports repealing section 103. However, many see her support for the prosecution as blatant pandering to Erdogan, whom European leaders are eager to placate in order to assure Turkey’s assistance in stemming a tide of migration.

It remains to be seen how Merkel will react to Kramm’s arrest, but she’s in a tough position with Turkey’s defamation complaints. That’s especially true as the Turkish government’s recent actions “erode human rights and the rule of law in Turkey,” according to Human Rights Watch.

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