Turkish deputy PM slams prosecutors abusing power

Turkish deputy prime minister Bulent Arinc said the Justice Ministry will deal with judges and prosecutors behaving contrary to the law.

Turkish deputy PM slams prosecutors abusing power

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish deputy prime minister and government spokesman Bulent Arinc said, "The Turkish Justice Ministry will shortly do whatever necessary, legal or judicial, not only with the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), but also with the prosecutors who delivered [confidential] handouts [to the media]."

Arinc spoke to reporters following a weekliy cabinet meeting on Monday, saying what the HSYK did by ignoring its own law should have a consequence, referring to the HSYK's statement during an ongoing trial concerning a new regulation which requires police forces to inform senior officers of any operation.

Asked if there was any legal regulation after the decision given by the State of Council concerning the Judicial Police Regulation, Arinc said this was an issue which occurred last week and received great criticism.

Noting that some issues in the judicial police regulation were changed by the Interior and Justice Ministry, Arinc also said the Turkish Bar Association and several agencies filed a lawsuit to suspend its application and demand the annulment of the change in regulation.

Arinc also stated the issue was legal, adding "Of course, the State of Council will inspect the issue and the convenience of this issue to laws. We will respect the decision given. However, an unexpected incident occurred and the HSYK demonstrated a new position a day before the decision. A number of members of the HSYK made a statement which we met with astonishment and sorrow."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 31 Aralık 2013, 11:03