Turkish top court
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.
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.
Jailed journalist Barış Terkoğlu has said that the lack of the right to a fair trial is a common complaint in Turkey, as he voiced support to jailed lawyer Ebru Timtik, who has been on a death fast with the demand to be tried fairly. "We should be against terror and all the acts that eliminate human life. However, we should know that what differentiates between terrorists and lawyers is the balance of law," he said.
Turkey's Constitutional Court has unanimously revoked the authority granted to police officers in accessing personal data, which was introduced with a state of emergency decree during the country's emergency rule, after finding it unconstitutional. The ruling came after the CHP's application.