10 January 2014, Friday /TODAYSZAMAN.COM, İSTANBUL
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has decided to make a change to Article 161 of the Code on Criminal Procedure (CMK) in an attempt to prevent the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) from launching an investigation into İstanbul police chief Selami Altınok, the Bugün daily reported on Friday.
The HSYK decided on Tuesday to launch an investigation into Altınok and four prosecutors who were involved in a far-reaching investigation into alleged corruption and bribery.
With the amendment to the article in question, police chiefs will no longer be investigated by the HSYK but by the Justice Ministry. The decision to amend the article came after Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said he would not grant the necessary permission to launch an inquiry into İstanbul police chief Altınok and İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor Turan Çolakkadı.
The HSYK has the authority to launch investigations into police chiefs based on a law adopted in 2005. This is the first time the HSYK has exercised its authority to launch an investigation into a police chief.