Chief Justice accuses the government of “encircling the judiciary”

Haşim Kılıç

Well, you have to hear it from the horse’s mouth.  Chief Justice of Turkey’s Supreme Court, the Constitutional Court, Mr. Hasim Kilic served a stern reminder to the government not intervene in the affairs of the  judiciary:

After comments from the head ofTurkey’s top court that the judiciary will not be subservient to the government, ruling party officials and opposition representatives voiced their opinions on the debate on Tuesday.

Responding to comments from Constitutional Court President Haşim Kılıç, who said on Monday that “politics will not be able to encircle the judiciary,”

Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on Tuesday that “no one is trying to encircling anybody.”

Bozdağ added, “There will be no problem if everybody is engaged in his or her own business.”

Devlet Bahçeli, head of the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), told journalists that Kılıç had an important warning.

“The head of theConstitutional Courtissued an important warning as required by his position and lessons that were learned from the past. Even if late, it was an important statement,” Bahçeli said. “If other members of the judiciary join him in supporting that statement, the use of the judiciary for specific purposes, and a politicized judiciary, will be prevented.”

Opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu also voiced a similar opinion on Kılıç’s remarks. Although late, he said, the remarks were good.

Kılıç, who spoke at the opening of the International Symposium on Judicial Reform, stressed that the Turkish judiciary faces important problems and that they will not allow the judiciary to be encircled by politicians.

“Yesterday we opposed the judiciary’s efforts to encircle politics and today we oppose politicians’ encirclement of the judiciary,” he said[4].

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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