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Release of Jailed Defendants Reveals Flaws In Legal System

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

Nicole Pope writes about the recent decision to release jailed defendants whose appeals are still pending for over ten years, including some members of the Turkish terror organization Hizbullah that was responsible for hundreds of of gruesome murders. Pope discusses problems with the judiciary that this release makes manifest. It seems inconceivable that after ten years, the Hizbullah cases still haven?t been resolved. I remember at the time reading that, not only had the bodies been buried in the back yards of Hizbullah houses, but members had videotaped the torture and murder of their victims. Now they?re being released because the courts couldn?t get their act together.

Judicial controversy and disintegration paranoia

by LALE KEMAL
The latest controversy that emerged when a new law went into effect at the end of last year, resulting in the release of alleged Islamic militants accused of torturing and killing dozens, has once again highlighted Turkey?s serious deficiency in the implementation of the supremacy of the rule of law.

What is Turkish Hizbullah?

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

I find it amazing that members of Turkish Hizbullah who are responsible for so many murders could be released from prison. Admittedly, the fact that in ten years their case has not come before a high court judge is also a scandal and more than a ?technicality?, but another response might have been to hear the cases now! Click here for my previous post about the group and the legal rationale for their release. This article gives some background; excerpt below. Click here for a more thorough account of its history.

Urgent need for judicial reform

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
Calls for extensive reform of Turkey?s troubled judiciary have risen following the release of notorious criminals under a new law restricting the length of time a suspect can be kept under arrest while awaiting or standing trial. Analysts say the government and the Ministry of Justice should immediately begin working to reform the judiciary and restore public confidence in it before Turkey faces further judicial scandals.

Political half- measures, judiciary?s bankruptcy

by YAVUZ BAYDAR
This is a country with a bureaucracy, political class and media of widespread negligence, incompetence, indifference, ill-intent, suspicion — and half measures. That it is a country with a messed-up set of issues and piled-up problems makes the results certainly much worse.

Who is to blame for the latest judicial scandal?

by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
The controversy surrounding the recent release of notorious criminals under a new law restricting the length of time a suspect can be held while awaiting or standing trial has turned into a war of words between the high judiciary and the Justice Ministry.

All ethnic groups in Turkey are equal, PM says

Lawyers Criticize Judiciary’s Approach on Period of Arrest

from Bianet :: English
Turkish lawyers discuss the judiciary’s narrow interpretation of the recent amendment of article 102 of the Criminal Procedure Law. According to Istanbul Bar Association President Kocasakal, defendants should be released after a period of arrest of four years.

The headscarf and Kurdish rights

by ANDREW FINKEL
It was in the mid-1990s, when Turkey?s Kurdish problem took the alarming form of state-sponsored assassinations and popular insurrection, I was contacted by two university students who wanted to talk to me about a problem that they were experiencing.

The judiciary?s defects

by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
Ten key members of Hizbullah who were standing trial for the brutal killing of 188 people were released earlier this week under a new law restricting the length of time a suspect can be kept under arrest while awaiting or standing trial, turning eyes to the defects of the Turkish judicial system.

Will Christians in Turkey be targeted once again? by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews

In my last two pieces published in this column on Thursday and Friday of this week, I tried to explain the circumstances that surrounded the Malatya massacre case, which concerned the killing of three missionaries in Malatya in 2007.

Who did kill three missionaries in Malatya? (2) by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews
Strange things continued to happen when we were in Malatya for the first hearing. Our assistant realized that all his email accounts had been blocked as he was trying to send our declaration to the media. He was in shock when we came back to the hotel from the courthouse.

Turkey’s Kurds campaign for language

from Yahoo news
As a child, Emrah Kilic couldn’t understand a word his grandmother was saying. That’s because she was speaking Kurdish, the family’s ancestral language, whose public use was harshly suppressed in the name of forging a unified Turkish nation.

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