Kilicdaroglu Proposes Abolishing Special Criminal Courts

AKP’s opportunism is a major misfortune for Turkey. The MIT bill could have been enlarged to amend the Anti-Terror Law, Felony Court Procedures Law and finally the notorious Special Criminal Court Law to rein in a judiciary—largely appointed by AKP- running amok with human rights, civil liberties and freedom of expression in the country.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu expressed his views on Special Criminal Courts in an interview with private broadcaster NTV:

“Special Criminal Courts date back to the coup era. Courts established under the supervision of the military junta…. As Turkey retuned to civilian control, somehow the authorities could not let go of these courts. Hence, they were re-named “State Security Courts”. Then, as accession with EU began, to counter objections they were re-named a second time. The military judge on the bench was replaced with a civilian, and they were called “Special Criminal Courts”. They still get their powers and inspiration from the junta-drafted constitution. In a state where rule of law reigns supreme, there is no room for special courts using extralegal methods to try the defendants.

Special Criminal Courts are not expert courts, either. I mean they are not like family court or juvenile courts. These courts act as the sharp end of the political authority, to oppress the society, to intimate it by demonstrating the politicians’ power by employing special methods of trial against defendants. We strongly advocate the abolishment of these courts. There is not one example of Special Criminal Courts in EU. We emphasize that the judiciary is an integrated whole that treats all the defendants equally”[3].

About CHP EU Representation

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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