Chief judge of Turkey's Constitutional Court said on Friday that top prosecutor did not ask further political bans regarding the case filed to shut down ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party.
Chief Public Prosecutor of Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeals Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya submitted his opinion on merits on the case on Friday, said Hasim Kilic, head of the court.
Kilic said the opinion on merits was sent to AK Party as well.
He also said that the court would convene on June 2nd or 3rd to set a date to debate the case asking to annul the constitutional amendment that lifted the ban on headscarf at universities.
Prosecutor's opinion on merits
The Chief Public Prosecutor of Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeals submitted Friday his opinion on the merits regarding the closure case filed against Turkey's ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party.
Chief Public Prosecutor of the Supreme Court, Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya, submitted his opinion on the merits of the case to the Constitutional Court.
AK Party had submitted its preliminary defence to the Constitutional Court on April 30th.
Upon the delivery of AK Party's preliminary defence to the Supreme Court of Appeals, the Chief Public Prosecutor had to submit his views on the merits of the case within a month. Yalcinkaya submitted his opinion on the last day of the legal deadline.
Yalcinkaya filed a lawsuit on March 14th asking the Constitutional Court to close AK Party. He claimed "the party has become the focal point of anti-secular activities".
In his indictment, the chief prosecutor demanded 71 people, including President Abdullah Gul (a former FM) and PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to be banned from politics for five years.
On March 31st, the Constitutional Court judges convened to make a preliminary assessment of the indictment and they accepted the indictment unanimously and the part concerning President Gul with a majority of votes (7-4) .
The Constitutional Court sent on Apr. 2nd the indictment regarding the dissolution and prohibition case to ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party along with the approbation record.
The case will now proceed as follows:
The opinion on the merits of the Supreme Court of Appeals will be sent to AK Party and the party will submit its defence on the merits within a month.
Afterwards, on a date to be determined, Yalcinkaya will make a verbal statement and AK Party 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 AK Party can submit additional defence material to the rapporteur. Then rapporteur's report will be distributed to court members.
Later Constitutional Court Chief Judge Hasim Kilic will set a date and the court will start hearing the case on its merits.
If AK Party demands extra time for its defence, the court will also assess this demand.
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.
In line with Article 69 of the Constitution, the court may instead decide to reduce or cut the financial aid given to this political party from the Treasury.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Mayıs 2008, 18:08