Turkey's Council of State overrules sacking of mayor over PKK propaganda

The eighth Chamber of the Council of State on Aug. 1 dismissed Selim Sadak, who was charged for his speech in 2008 when he visited a relative of a PKK militant in Siirt's İdil district.

Turkey's Council of State overrules sacking of mayor over PKK propaganda

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Council of State Administrative Trials Board General Council has overruled the sacking of a mayor in Turkey's southeastern province of Siirt following a court decision that handed down a prison sentence for spreading PKK propaganda.

The eighth Chamber of the Council of State on Aug. 1 dismissed Selim Sadak, who was charged for his speech in 2008 when he visited a relative of a PKK militant in Siirt's İdil district. The Diyarbakır 5th High Criminal Court handed down a 10-month prison sentence to Sadak in 2008.

The Turkish Supreme Court of Appeals approved the 10-month prison sentence for Sadak. After the court approved Sadak's sentence, the Diyarbakır Public Prosecutors' Office sent a request to the Interior Ministry to fire him. The Interior Ministry in turn asked the Council of State to decide on the fate of the Siirt mayor.

Meanwhile, the Diyarbakır Public Prosecutors' Office postponed the implementation of the prison sentence on Sadak at the request of the mayor by six months, citing Sadak currently being the mayor and due to his “personal work.”

The eighth Chamber of the Council of State decided on Aug. 1 to dismiss the Siirt mayor from his position, citing a law that prohibits those who are charged with terrorism-related crimes from getting elected or holding an elected office.

Speaking about his dismissal, Sadak said he would quit his job after he receives official notification of the dismissal. Sadak complained that the Interior Ministry immediately asked the Council of State to decide on the matter without waiting for a new law on terrorism to take effect. He said with the new law, the charges against him would be dropped.

Sadak's lawyer appealed to the Council of State Administrative Trials Board General Council to overrule the decision. The general council convened on Monday and overruled the decision. The detailed reason for the decision will be announced later.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Eylül 2012, 15:16
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