CHP members conflict over taking jailed deputies’ case to ECHR

CHP members conflict over taking jailed deputies’ case to ECHR

Şahin Mengü

July 29, 2011, Friday/ 16:01:00

Ergenekon suspects Professor Mehmet Haberal and journalist Mustafa Balbay, who were elected as People's Republican Party (CHP) deputy in June 2011 elections are o be taken to ECHR to be released from prison, however some members of CHP does not believe this is a right action to take, inluding a former CHP deputy.

CHP parliamentary group deputy chairperson Emine Ülker Tarhan stated on Thursday that CHP will go to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for jailed CHP deputies Mustafa Balbay and Mehmet Haberal to be released.

On the contrary, CHP's member and former Manisa Deputy Şahin Mengü, who has been giving full support for jailed deputies to be released to take place in parliament, stated on Thursday that a deputy cannot complain to ECRH for its country's judiciary.

In a press conference held in the parliament CHP's Tarhan said that CHP is sincerely looking forward to end the conflicts over the new constitution by having establishing a negotiation commission. Tarhan said that judiciary in Turkey is not a fully independent institution anymore and he criticized the judges, stating that “Jurisdiction in Turkey is in an awful state, judges can give decision for members of outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) in Hambur border and the same judiciary is not giving decision over young demonstrations who are kept in jail for over 4 years. As CHP we believe that our deputies should not be in jail according to the European Court of Human Rights, thus we are going to submit this issue to ECHR.”

Tarhan later said that they are working on the file that they will submit to ECHR for Haberal and Balbay's case file is completed and waiting to be submitted. CHP deputy added that the cases will be sent to ECHR in early days of August.

Former CHP deputy Şahin Mengü told Zaman daily on Friday that he would respect to Balbay and Haberal cases to be taken to ECHR if they were submitted before they were elected as a deputy. Mengü added that he finds it wrong for an elected deputy to complaint about his country's judiciary to an international platform.

Mengü said, “Even though I do not find Silivri Court's decisions right, I would not have gone to ECHR if I was in same situation. It is a wrong action for CHP as a political party to deal with this case. If these deputies wants to take their cases to ECHR, they should do this individually.”

Ergenekon suspect Haberal hospitalized once again

Deputy for the Republican People's Party (CHP) from Zonguldak and former Başkent University Rector Mehmet Haberal, who was arrested in 2009 on charges of membership in a clandestine terrorist group known as Ergenekon and who is still in prison in an ongoing case, was again sent to Silivri State Hospital on Thursday due to health problems.

Haberal has been hospitalized many times during his time in jail.

Haberal's lawyer, Dilek Helvacı, told the Anatolia news agency that her client's health started declining on July 25, as he had high blood pressure, breathing problems and his arms were numb. An ambulance was called to the prison, but Haberal refused to go to the hospital.

Helvacı added that Haberal's condition got worse on July 26 and he was taken to Silivri State Hospital, where doctors told him that there was no need for him to be hospitalized.

Haberal's lawyer told Anatolia that Haberal's condition was worse on Thursday morning. Haberal was then sent to Silivri State Hospital after she requested that the Public Prosecutor's Office allow him to be hospitalized. Helvacı stated that the weather and prison conditions had a negative effect on Haberal's condition. İstanbul Today's Zaman

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