Erdoğan says special courts may be totally abolished

Constitutional Reconciliation Commission head Cemil Çiçek (L) and commission members paid a visit to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday. (Photo: Today's Zaman)

June 12, 2012, Tuesday/ 15:49:00

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday said the country's specially authorized courts may be totally abolished, contrary to statements by his deputy on Monday that no revision is planned in this regard as part of a government plan to overhaul the Turkish criminal code.

Erdoğan added that there is “a problem concerning Article 250” of the Code on Criminal Procedure (CMK), which gives special authority to courts and prosecutors when investigating organized crime and coup plots, and that the Justice Ministry is working on a revision of the article in question.

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç told reporters following a meeting of Cabinet ministers on Monday that the government has opened the fourth judicial reform package up to signatures and that there have been suggestions and recommendations made during the course of the amendment process. Noting that the government is planning to raise the standard for human rights and avert rulings made by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), Arınç had categorically rejected claims that there were any planned revisions of Article 250 of the CMK.

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