A British mine worker is being deported from Kyrgyzstan after he was arrested for a Facebook joke comparing the country's national dish to a horse penis.
A British mine worker is being deported from Kyrgyzstan after he was arrested for a Facebook joke comparing the country’s national dish to a horse penis.
Michael Mcfeat posted a comment on Facebook saying that his Kyrgyz colleagues were queuing for their “special delicacy, the horse’s penis” at New Year celebrations, sparking a brief strike at the Kumtor mine as well as calls for criminal prosecution.
The dish in question, chuchuk, is a sausage made from horse meat and intestines.
Police detained Mcfeat on Sunday for questioning but the state security service only gave him a warning despite workers insisting that his actions constituted inciting hatred, a crime punishable by three to five years in prison. UPI reported.
A local court found that Mcfeat, who worked as a welder for a contractor at Kumtor, had no work permit and ruled that he must be deported within 24 hours.