Berberoğlu applies to Constitutional Court following lower courts’ refusal to comply with retrial order

Duvar English

Former Republican Peope’s Party (CHP) former Enis Berberoğlu on Oct. 26 applied to the Constitutional Court following two local courts’ refusal to implement the top court’s ruling in his case. The application was filed by Berberoğlu’s lawyer Yiğit Acar, daily Birgün reported.

Both
Istanbul’s 15th High Criminal Court and 14th
High Criminal Court rejected Berberoğlu’s appeal and ignored the
Constitutional Court’s Sept. 17-dated ruling that the former deputy’s
rights to participate in politics and personal freedom had been
violated.

The
Constitutional Court on Oct. 9 published a detailed ruling on the
application of Berberoğlu, saying that the politician’s rights had
been violated since legal proceedings against him should be have been
suspended due to his re-election as a member of parliament on June
24, 2018.

The top court said that it is against the law for the trial process to continue against a lawmaker unless the parliament lifts his immunity again. Berberoğlu had his immunity lifted for the parliamentary term of 2015-2018, but his re-election in the June 24, 2018 election renewed his immunity.

Apart from
a violation of the right to conduct politics, authorities also
violated Berberoğlu’s right to personal liberty and security, due to
his continued imprisonment despite his re-election as a member of
parliament on June 24, 2018, the Constitutional Court said.

Berberoğlu
was sentenced to five years and 10 months in jail in the case into a
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 the parliament in the June 24, 2018 elections but was
not released from jail until Sept. 20, 2018, when the Court of
Cassation postponed the execution of the sentence due to his
re-election as a lawmaker.

On June 4, Turkish parliament stripped Berberoğlu of his deputyship, along with two other lawmakers from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). After this move, Berberoğlu was arrested again to serve the remaining of his sentence. But on the same day, Berberoğlu was transferred from open prison to house arrest as part of measures against the novel coronavirus.

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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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