Turkish Constitutional Court
Istanbul's 15th High Criminal Court has rejected former main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Enis Berberoğlu's demand for a retrial, days after another local court similarly ignored the Constitutional Court's ruling in his case.
Turkey's Constitutional Court has determined that teacher and author Tahir Baykuşak's rights were violated by police who assaulted him during an ID check in Istanbul in 2016. The court said that a proper investigation was not carried out and that the mistreatment of police violated the 17th Article of the constitution.
Turkey's Constitutional Court on Oct. 1 rejected an appeal that demanded the cancellation of a recent law that changes the structure of bar associations. The appeal was filed by the main opposition CHP which says that the new law, which allows multiple bar associations to be formed in each province, is against the Constitution.
Turkey's Constitutional Court on Sept. 29 postponed its decision to review Osman Kavala's appeal with regards to his ongoing arrest, citing the impending indictment against the philanthropist. Just a couple of hours after the Constitutional Court's statement, Istanbul prosecutors submitted the new indictment against Kavala to the relevant court, concerning “espionage” charges.
In a not-so-veiled message to Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, Constitutional Court President Zühtü Arslan has said that although the top court is open to criticism of its decisions, remarks which focus on judges and "go beyond criticism will not bring any benefit.” Arslan's comments came after he was targeted by Soylu over the top court's decision to permit inter-city demonstrations and marches.
Lawyer calls for reinstatement of Berberoğlu’s parliamentary rights after Constitutional Court decision
Enis Berberoğlu's lawyer has called for the reinstatement of his client's deputy status after the Constitutional Court ruled that the former CHP lawmaker's rights were violated when he was dismissed from parliament earlier this year.
Turkey's Social Security Institution (SGK) is demanding court rulings to pay for some patients' cancer treatment, going against precedent from the Constitutional Court. A main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy urged the SGK to adhere to include medication the court has ruled on in their default coverage.
Turkey's Constitutional Court said in a ruling on Sept. 17 that former CHP lawmaker Enis Berberoğlu's right to stand for election and engage in political activities as well as his right to freedom and security had been violated. The ruling concerns Berberoğlu's continued imprisonment despite his re-election as a member of parliament on June 24, 2018.
Turkish Interior Minister targets Constitutional Court President after top court permits intercity marches
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has targeted Constitutional Court President Zühtü Arslan over the top court's decision to cancel a provision in the Law on Demonstrations and Public Meetings (Law 2911) which did not allow inter-city demonstrations and marches.
Turkey's Constitutional Court (AYM) ruled that a woman's right to protection was violated when courts dragged on an abortion proceeding, resulting in the woman having to give birth. The woman had been petitioning to terminate a pregnancy that resulted from a sexual assault she survived as a minor.
Turkey violated rights of 38 Kurdish villagers via not investigating 1994 airstrikes in Şırnak, top court rules
Turkey's Constitutional Court has found that the judicial authorities had violated the right to life by failing to properly investigate the death of 38 villagers, who were killed in an airforce bombing raid on two Şırnak villages in 1994. The top court ordered the state to pay 40,000-130,000 liras ($5,430-$17,650) to each of the 41 relatives of the deceased as non-pecuniary damage.
Turkey's Constitutional Court has ruled on only 11 appeals submitted by the main opposition CHP that were passed by the ruling AKP since 2018. The remaining 80 appeals are currently pending review. The CHP has said that the judiciary lost its independence and became a force of the political government.
Turkey's Constitutional Court has ordered the state to pay 70,000 liras in compensation to a university student inmate after a specialized sergeant and 10 gendarmerie officers tortured him in a toilet for refusing to take off his wedding ring. The incident happened shortly before Fırat Can was about to be transferred to the Kırklareli Prison from Istanbul, where he took his exams.
Top court: Locals courts violated rights of workers sacked with gov’t decree by dismissing their lawsuits
Local courts have violated the rights of two contractor workers employed in public projects by dismissing their re-employment lawsuits, said Turkey's Constitutional Court. The workers were sacked with a state of emergency decree over allegations of involvement in terror groups.
HDP applies to Constitutional Court for parliament to reverse its decision to expel Güven, Farisoğulları
The pro-Kurdish HDP has applied to the Constitutional Court for the parliament to reverse its decision to strip HDP deputies Leyla Güven and Musa Farisoğulları of their parliamentary statuses. HDP group deputy chair Saruhan Oluç said that the parliament's move is a violation of seven articles of the Constitution.