Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan has deemed the expenses of municipalities run by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) "trade secrets," upon a parliamentary question by main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Alpay Antmen. Antmen, in return, said that he didn't ask about anybody's private trade relations. "It seems that there are financial relations that they want to cover up by calling them trade secrets," he added.
A number of Turkish bars have slammed the Turkish Bar Association for unilaterally asking for the cancellation of the judicial recess, saying that it's early to make such a request when the course of the coronavirus pandemic is unknown. "Making this in a period that the danger posed by the coronavirus is ongoing is not different from murder," Istanbul Bar head Mehmet Durakoğlu told Duvar.