Proposal for court defense in mother tongue changed

According to the changes, a defendant will be allowed to defend him or herself in any language they think they can best defend themselves in.

Proposal for court defense in mother tongue changed

World Bulletin / News Desk

A government proposal seeking to pave the way for defendants to give their statements in their mother tongue during court hearings has been approved by Parliament's Justice Commission and will be submitted to the General Assembly to be voted on in the coming weeks.

The proposal includes new changes along with an amendment to Article 202 of the Code on Criminal Procedure (CMK) by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) that was discussed and approved by the commission late on Wednesday.

According to the changes, a defendant will be allowed to defend him or herself in any language they think they can best defend themselves in. If a suspect who is seriously ill and needs to be accompanied if sent to prison faces a prison sentence, his or her punishment will be suspended.

Those convicted of engaging in terrorism will not be able to enjoy this right. The new amendments also now give married prisoners the right to conjugal visits.

Last Mod: 29 Kasım 2012, 12:15
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