Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul (L) chairs a National Security Council meeting with Turkey’s top military commanders in Ankara February 19, 2010. REUTERS/Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Palace Press Office/Handout
Cihaner faces charges of membership in a terrorist organization named Ergenekon and the falsification of documents. Prominent jurists strongly criticized
Arrest of Turkish Prosecutor Stokes Concerns
Wall Street Journal
An investigation into an alleged conspiracy known as Ergenekon, initially welcomed when it was launched in 2007 by the EU and Turks weary of military
According to many observers, the file is likely to be undertaken by an Ergenekon prosecutor and merged with the Ergenekon case. Ergenekon is a terrorist
The annulment of this major step for Turkish democracy was an impediment for many military personnel-related investigations, especially the Ergenekon
The showdown in the judiciary following the detention of one prosecutor by another prosecutor has now sparked heated accusations and dramatic claims of political meddling and illegal intervention — the stuff from which Turkish political crises are made. Turkish judicial institutions have long been criticized as politicized, susceptible to being used as supposedly legal means to the political ends of the players and motivations that constitute the country’s political theater. The last major political crisis here ended in a very narrow decision by the Constitutional Court not to close the ruling political party, which portrays itself, and to large extent is, opposed to the traditional, “secularist” elite.
Records of prosecutors carrying out an investigation into Ergenekon, a clandestine crime network that has alleged links within the state and is suspected of
The justice system in Turkey — with the power of the military behind it, of course — uses the regular courts to maintain control over the administrative power and management in the nation, while using the constitutional courts to maintain control over legislation in the nation.
And so here we have the latest debate to stir things up. I am talking about the decision by the HSYK to revoke the authority of four prosecutors. There is still no answer from the HSYK as to which information or documents this decision was based upon.