Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputies have submitted a bill that will allow former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan to serve his two-year, four-month prison sentence at home. Erbakan was found guilty of tampering with official documents to defraud the Welfare Party (RP) of Treasury grants.
AKP deputies Sadullah Ergin, Hayati Yazýcý and Haluk Ýpek submitted the bill, asking for an amendment to the Turkish Penal Code (TCK) article on jail sentences accorded the elderly.
The amendment will allow individuals over 70 years of age with a sentence of less than one year, over 75 with a sentence of less than three years and over 80 with a sentence of less than four years to serve their sentences at home. All females sentenced to less than six months will also be able to carry out their punishment at home, according to the bill.
The bill argues that imprisoning the elderly usually does not take into account their health and makes jail sentences impractical.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan said on Monday that a person like Erbakan who had served his country for so long should not be facing such problems, noting that they would support any law introduced by deputies that would suspend Erbakan's sentence until he was medically fit. Erbakan is currently 80 years old and suffers from kidney disease.
On the other hand, Sevket Kazan former Justice Minister and prominent politician of Virtue Party (Saadet) has refused allegations as giving statement to the press: " There are many judicial mistakes done by legal authorities on this issue. First of all, financial accounts of parties in Turkey is being checked by the Constitution Court but at the trial of Welfare Party (Refah) on contrast to this rule another court checkes the accounts of the party and gives her decision. In addition to this very injustice situation, Welfare Party had not given the financial accounts of 1997 to the Constitution Court at the submission time because the party had been banned from politics 6 months ago. There are many more examples to this unjust decision. " Kazan has given many documents to the newspaper that show how the process was started and who was interested in this judicial matter.
World BulletinLast Mod: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16