Pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) submitted Thursday its defense on merits to Turkey's top court in a case filed for the closure of the party.
DTP MP Hasip Kaplan, independent MP Hamit Geylani and DTP's attorneys submitted the party's 172-page defense to the Constitutional Court on the last day of a one-month extension.
Speaking to reporters, DTP's attorney Bahri Belen said they submitted a detailed defense explaining that DTP was a legal, constitutional, lawful and democratic political party and there was no legal ground for closing the party down.
Chief Prosecutor of Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeals applied last November to the Constitutional Court asking for the closure of DTP.
After DTP's submission of its defense on merits on Thursday, the case will now proceed as follows:
On a date to be determined, Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya, chief prosecutor of Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeals, will make a verbal statement and DTP will make a verbal defense.
Later, the rapporteur assigned by the Constitutional Court will prepare his/her report on the merits of the case.
In this phase, the chief prosecutor can submit further evidence and DTP can submit additional defense material to the rapporteur. Then rapporteur's report will be distributed to court members.
Afterwards, Constitutional Court Chief Judge Hasim Kilic will set a date and the court will start hearing the case on its merits.
According to the Constitution, at least 7 of the 11 members of the court have to vote for closure in order for the court to shut down a political party.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Haziran 2008, 17:34