Lawyer calls for reinstatement of Berberoğlu’s parliamentary rights after Constitutional Court decision

Duvar English

After Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled that the jailing and revoking of former main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Enis Berberoğlu’s status as a parliamentarian violated his rights, Berberoğlu’s lawyer Murat Ergün has called for the reinstatement of the deputy status.

The court ruled on Sept. 17 that that Berberoğlu’s right to run for election and participate in politics in addition to his personal liberty and safety had been violated.

“After
this decision, Mr. Enis’ parliamentary status needs to be returned.
Let’s say they took your license away for drunk driving, and your
license gets cancelled. You appeal to a court, and the tests show
that you had not been drinking. Would they say ‘sorry, but your
license has been already cancelled,’ or would they return it?”
Ergün said in a statement.

Berberoğlu was sentenced to five years and 10 months in jail in the case involving a 2014 story on National Intelligence Agency (MİT) trucks filled with weapons bound for Syria. He was accused of providing footage of the trucks to journalist Can Dündar and was sent to prison in 2017.

He was re-elected to parliament in the June 24, 2018 elections but was not released from jail until Sept. 20, 2018, when the Supreme Court postponed the execution of the sentence due to his re-election as a lawmaker.

On June 4 of this year, Turkish parliament stripped Berberoğlu of his parliamentary status, along with two other lawmakers from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). Afterwards, Berberoğlu was arrested again to serve the remaining of his sentence, but on the same day he was sent to house arrest as part of the anti-coronavirus measures.

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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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