CHP likens Balyoz to McCarthy trials in US

CHP spokesperson Haluk Koç says the right to a fair trial had been violated in the Balyoz case. ‘This court has made a political decision,’ he says in a press meeting. DHA photo

CHP spokesperson Haluk Koç says the right to a fair trial had been violated in the Balyoz case. ‘This court has made a political decision,’ he says in a press meeting.

The court verdict in the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup plot case, in which 330 retired and serving soldiers were each sentenced to 13 to 20 years in prison, is not a legal but a “political” verdict, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Deputy Chair and Spokesperson Haluk Koç said yesterday.

“The CHP is openly against coups, coup attempts and attempts to take guardianship of democracy, and it will continue to stand against these things,” Koç said at a press conference held at his party’s headquarters.

However, he added that in the Balyoz case the right to a fair trial had been violated. “Can there be a democracy where the right to a fair trial does not exist?” he said.

“This court has made a political decision. The decision made by this court will be remembered in history alongside the trials of the McCarthy commission in America,” Haluk Koç said.

Hurriyet Daily News

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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