Turkey's PM pleased with court decision on former chief of staff

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Constitutional Court says rights of the former Turkish army head Basbug`s rights were violated

Constitutional Court says rights of the former Turkish army head Basbug`s rights were violated

ANKARA - Turkey`s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed a ruling by Turkey`s Constitutional Court on Thursday that the imprisonment of the former head of the Turkish military, Ilker Basbug is a violation of his legal rights.

"You already know my opinions about this issue. The decision of the local court is important to us," he told reporters.

"However, I don`t know whether the process would be affected by the President`s approval of the law on specially authorized courts," he added.

Basbug`s attorney filed a complaint to the Constitutional Court regarding the "trial of Basbug in a local court and his on-going two-year imprisonment" but the appeal was rejected without being examined, according to Basbug`s attorney.

The Constitutional Court said Basbug could not appeal to the highest appeal court, as the local court failed to complete the legal procedure. So the decision on whether to release Basbug is now with the local court.

Basbug was convicted in August last year of attempting to overthrow the government and was sentenced by an Istanbul court to life in prison.

Nearly 270 suspects, including Basbug, who were accused of plotting high-profile attacks in Turkey to prepare the way for a military coup and of being part of an alleged organization called Ergenekon, faced trials and imprisonments in August.

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