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Nothing really secret about what he said, but it is the fact that a secret meeting of generals can easily be wiretapped by some… Content of what he said here in Turkish.

AK party hits back against Turkish judiciary
Ihan Cihaner is accused of belonging to Ergenekon ? a right-wing group investigators claim is plotting to overthrow the government.

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc speaks during ...

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc speaks during a news conference at the parliament in Ankara February 18, 2010. Turkey’s Islamist-rooted government on Thursday threatened to call a referendum on constitutional reforms as a deepening row with secularists within the judiciary upset markets in the EU candidate country. Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc accused the judicial bureaucracy of dealing a “severe blow to democracy” and called the board’s decision unacceptable. REUTERS/Stringer

Arrest revives Turkish judicial conflict

from – World, Europe
Cihaner’s arrest has turned a local dispute into high politics. Secularists fear losing ground to the growing ranks of prosecutors appointed since the AKP took power

ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ – Spontaneous Philosophy of Turkish Judiciary


There is an interesting concept that was used by French Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser: the ?spontaneous philosophy of scientists.? This means that scientists, because of their mental conditioning, have a kind of fundamental paradigm. This philosophy-paradigm lurks behind every mental process they have. They use it whenever they think, but they are not aware of it.

Simmering tensions between Turkey's government and judicial ...

Simmering tensions between Turkey’s government and judicial elite erupted into open confrontation over the handling of a probe into an alleged plot to topple the Islamist-rooted administration. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said Wednesday’s decision by the Higher Board of Judges to remove prosecutors from the long-running inquiry was a “heavy blow” against justice and “a shame for democracy.”(AFP/POOL/File)

BÜLENT KENEŞ – The judiciary?s suicide

When specially authorized Erzurum prosecutors launched a probe into Erzincan Chief Public Prosecutor İlhan Cihaner on charges of conspiring against innocent people, falsification of documents and being a member of the Ergenekon terrorist organization, a clandestine group nested within the state and the military working to overthrow the government, and he was taken into custody and arrested by the court, this prompted the protectors of Ergenekon among the top judiciary to jump into action.


A controversial ruling made by the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) on Wednesday to strip Erzurum specially authorized prosecutor Osman Şanal of his authority because of his probe into a now-jailed prosecutor has brought the board?s stained record of impartiality and independence back to the agenda.

Ergenekon Showdown in the Judiciary

from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff

The Ergenekon investigation reached a new level of polarization in the past fst two days following the arrest of the Chief Prosecutor in Erzincan. From Hürriyet:

NICOLE POPE – Referee needed


The tension that had been brewing for months has now come to a head. The judicial tremor caused by the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors? (HSYK) decision to strip four prosecutors in Erzurum of their powers has rocked the country.

YAVUZ BAYDAR – High judiciary, ?the focal point? and a new closure case looming

The vital ?normalization? process in Turkey has come several steps closer to a tough, perhaps final, confrontation between the two powers, as seemingly complicated events unfold in Erzincan. It was evident for years that the high judiciary and the government were doomed to move into a crash course, and mid-February 2010 will go down in history as a turning point in the inevitable — and decisive — journey.

Resistance to justice system liberalization

Courts are, everywhere, the conservative keepers of the official order of things. What, then, is the reason why people tend to hold an opposite view of the way things are, perceiving the courts to be ?forward-thinking? institutions?

As the justice system in Turkey falls apart?

For years, the membership of the justice minister and his undersecretary in the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) — that supposed example of the true independence of the Turkish justice system– was pointed to as a reason for protest.

This is what was expected from Başbuğ…

from Today’s Zaman by NUH GÖNÜLTAŞ BUGÜN

In making his public call to the naval lieutenants of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), Gen. İlker Başbuğ of the General Staff asked them to embody the ?spirit of knights.?

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