Top Turkish judge complains of government interference
In a defiant challenge to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the top of the Constitutional Court has complained of government interference.
Earlier this month Erdogan reluctantly complied with a higher court ruling to unblock Twitter. Nevertheless, he explained he explained it to be against national interests and didn’t regard the judgment.
Chief Justice Hasim Kilic stated that this and related arguments have traumatised and divided the judiciary.
“The judiciary may not be considered a place for setting a trap for that people’s can and isn’t. The judiciary has been referred to as a ‘gang’ along with a ‘parallel state’,” stated Kilic.
Hours later, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag found Erdogan’s protection, blaming the most effective judge of acting as an “opposition party” and stating that Constitutional Court rulings aren’t beyond reproach.
“To make political statements, to enter political polemics isn’t among his responsibilities,” Bozdag said.