Impossible to set date for AK Party verdict, says top court justice

Impossible to set date for AK Party 
   verdict, says top court justice

June 19, 2008, Thursday/ 21:19:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES
Haşim Kılıç, the president of the Constitutional Court, which is currently hearing a closure case against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), said on Wednesday that it was impossible to determine an exact date on which the top court would issue its verdict on the case.
Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalçınkaya in March of this year filed charges with the Constitutional Court against the AK Party, accusing it of having become a “focal point of anti-secularist activity.” The AK Party turned in its final defense statement on Monday.

The Constitutional Court announced shortly after the party submitted its statement that it has scheduled July 1, next Tuesday, as the date on which it will hear the prosecution’s verbal testimony. The AK Party will testify on July 3; however, it was silent on when the final ruling would be issued. “First the chief prosecutor and then the party will give their verbal defense statements. After their testimonies, the court rapporteur will prepare a report and we will gather as a panel of judges only after he finishes his work. It is impossible to set a specific date for the verdict,” Kılıç said.

Meanwhile, the court has also scheduled a date to hear the defense of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP), which is facing closure on charges of promoting ethnic separatism. The prosecutor will reiterate the charges on June 24 and the DTP will submit its verbal defense on June 26.


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