Turkish Constitutional Court overturns part of judicial law

11 April, 15:48

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, APRIL 11 - The Turkish Constitutional Court of Ankara ruled to annul parts of the controversial law on government control of the judiciary's governing body, the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), reported the private television network NTV.

    The new law, adopted in February following the explosion of the Bosphorus graft scandal, triggered severe criticism in the European Union and the United States. The Constitutional Court rejected the provisions reinforcing powers of the justice minister over the HSYK.

    The main opposition party, the CHP led by Kemal Kilicdaroglu, had denounced the law on powers over justice as ''unconstitutional'' and ''freedom-killing'', and on March 2 had presented a complaint to the Constitutional Court.

    The Constitutional Court ordered rewriting of the contested article of the law widening powers of the justice minister, according to the online news site Hurriyet. According to the law, the justice minister presides over the work of the HSYK and has the last word on the appointment and assignment of judges. The European Union and the United States have denounced the move as a violation of the principles of separation of powers in a democratic society. The head of the opposition, Kilicdaroglu, accused Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan of being ''ready for anything'' to remain in power and bury anti-corruption investigations that involved dozens of regime personalities. After Bosphorus graft scandals broke out on December 17, Erdogan removed thousands of managers and police officials as well as hundreds of magistrates, among them those in charge of anti-corruption probes. (ANSAmed).

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