Turkish deputy PM accuses judiciary of coup attempt

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Emrullah Isler said wish of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) to amend a directive is a coup attempt.

Turkish deputy PM accuses judiciary of coup attempt

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Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Emrullah Isler blamed a judicial authority for a coup attempt..

Regarding the recent statement of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) on the amendment to judicial police regulation, Isler said on TRT that the Board clearly violated the Constitution by acting in such an unauthorized and illegitimate manner. "It is unacceptable for them to make such a statement. I see it as a coup attempt," Isler said.

HSYK issued a statement in late December calling the amendments to judicial police regulation unconstitutional, and said that the separation of powers, and the independence of the jurisdiction in particular were violated.

"Double standards" of world media

Isler also commented on the recent events in Hamburg, Germany, calling the world media's lack of interest a "double standard". "We see the brutal intervention of German police, using gas canisters and water cannons, beating up protestors. Yet the whole world is silent. This is a double standard. I would like to ask the German media why they don't cover the events," Isler said.

In response to a question about whether there would be a new anti-graft operation or not, and the possibility of early general elections, Isler said that there was no need to hold an early general election as long as the status quo remained as is. Isler said that the presidential elections would be held after the local elections on March 30, and noted the importance of the fact that the President would be elected by the public.

Isler also touched on the humanitarian crisis in Syria, and said that Turkey strives to help the Syrian people since the beginning:

"The international community failed to deal effectively with the humanitarian tragedy in Syria. We continue to support and help them (the Syrian people). However, there are some people who try to vilify our efforts and aids, claiming that we are helping extreme groups. This is a slander."

As for the allegations of a "parallel state", Isler said that no government would allow such a structure. "There is no way the Turkish government can allow such a structure to exist. The Prime Minister has also stated this clearly. They are destined to crumble," Isler said.

Nonetheless, the Deputy PM asserted that this could not be construed as an operation against the Fethullah Gulen movement.

Jurisdiction should respect judicial independence

Cemil Cicek, Turkish Parliament Speaker, responded to main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu's comments on judicial independence during his official visit to Bahrain on Wednesday

Cicek said he refused to enter into an argument with a political leader, and added "The jurisdiction should respect judicial independence first" following the main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu's comments that "If judicial independence is dead, then Cicek has responsibility as well".

After Cemil Cicek's recent comments on the Consititution's 138th article as "not functioning at all", he faced a backlash from Kilicdaroglu. The Parliament Speaker stated in response to Kilicdaroglu's remarks that "I stressed the issue of judicial problems we are dealing with. As we saw in Kuwait, people are investing in Turkey but they are constantly worried due to the latest developments in Turkey. What I meant is that the jurisdiction should respect judicial independence first".

Cicek also added "The 138th article of our constitution reflects the independency of the jurisdiction. It commands the legislative body not to interfere and comment on the judicial process. The article is right but everybody knows that it is not functioning".

On January 3, Cicek, speaking at a meeting discussing Turkey's aims for 2014, said "Each administrative body should mind its own business. Nobody should intervene in another administrative unit's area of interest" adding that the most significant rule of democratic countries was the separation of powers.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Ocak 2014, 16:05