Top court rejects CHP’s application for annulment of prisoner release law with regards to its ‘form’
Turkey’s Constitutional Court has rejected the main opposition CHP's application for the annulment of the recently enacted prisoner release law – in regards to the law’s form. The CHP said in its application that the legal amendment is in fact a “covert special amnesty,” which is why it requires the approval of at least three fifths of lawmakers in parliament.
Convicted mafia boss Alaattin Çakıcı has visited MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli at the MHP headquarters in the capital Ankara. Çakıcı was released from jail in April as part of an amnesty law drafted by the ruling AKP and its ally MHP.
Turkey's main opposition CHP has made an application with the Constitutional Court for the annulment of the newly enacted prisoner release law – in regards to the law's form. The CHP says that the legal amendment is a “covert special amnesty,” which is why it requires the approval of at least three fifths of lawmakers in the parliament. In the upcoming days, the party will file a second application with the Constitutional Court in regards to the new law's substance, arguing that it is against the principle of equality for its exclusion of political prisoners.
Tensions ran high in the Turkish parliament on April 8 after the AKP and MHP responded to the HDP's criticism of an early parole bill by referring to a statement of the Diyarbakır governor's office that the PKK carried out a blast on a road, killing five civilians. According to the parliamentary minutes, MHP deputy Cemal Enginyurt advanced towards HDP deputy Gülüstan Koçyiğit, prompting other lawmakers to intervene.
Former President Gül says early parole bill should include journalists, others jailed on ‘thought crimes’
Former President Abdullah Gül has said that prisoners who were jailed for their political views should also benefit from the government's early parole bill -- provided that these views have not been motivated by "hate, violence or terror."