Lifting of Twitter ban legal says head of Turkey's Constitutional Court

Monday, April 07, 2014

Constitutional Court does not have to wait for lower court rulings to lift Twitter ban, Kilic says

Constitutional Court does not have to wait for lower court rulings to lift Twitter ban, Kilic says

ANKARA - ​​Turkey's Constitutional Court did not have to wait for lower court rulings before lifting the Twitter ban, the court's head said Monday.

“When freedom of expression, freedom of information and freedom of reporting are the issue, the Constitutional Court can rule on a case, without lower courts having ruled on it, in order to prevent irreparable damage,” Hasim Kilic told journalists at a symposium for the centennial anniversary of the founding of Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeal.

Last Thursday, Turkey lifted a block on microblogging site Twitter following an order from Turkey's Constitutional Court. 

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag criticized the decision Friday, calling it unconstitutional since it had been taken without lower courts first ruling on petitions in accordance with the process mandated by law.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said, “We have to obey it - but I don't respect the decision because the court did not take judicial procedure into consideration."

Kilic added Monday that higher courts, such as Turkey's Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights, may take up cases without waiting for their processing.

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