World Bulletin/News Desk
A judge who previously postponed a trial citing the presence of headscarved lawyer Zübeyde Kamalak at a court hearing allowed the lawyer to attend the session on Thursday.
Kamalak, the wife of Felicity Party (SP) Chairman Mustafa Kamalak, attended the hearing on March 28 on behalf of her client in a divorce case at the Ankara 2nd Family Court, but the judge, İlhan Kadıoğlu, ruled to postpone the trial, saying that lawyers cannot attend hearings with their headscarves on while actively practicing law, which he said is a public service.
The judge's move came in defiance of a January ruling by the Council of State suspending the application of an article from the code of practice of the Turkish Bar Association (TBB) that bans female lawyers from wearing headscarves while practicing their profession.
Kamalak reminded the judge of the Council of State ruling, but he nevertheless ended the court hearing, refusing to abide by the decision.
However, the judge did not prevent Kamalak from attending a court session at the Ankara 2nd Family Court on Thursday. The lawyer, on the other hand, recalled Kadıoğlu's treatment of her at the previous hearing and submitted a petition demanding the judge recuse himself, citing that she did not believe that Kadıoğlu would act and decide impartially due to his attitude towards Kamalak.
The judge, however, rejected the demand. Kamalak's client also said he believed the judge made the right decision, expressing his confidence in Kadıoğlu's impartiality.
Commenting on the change in the judge's attitude, Kamalak told reporters following the court hearing that she wishes that the headscarf ban is removed once and for all. The headscarf ban issue needs to be removed from Turkey's agenda, she noted.
The wearing of the Islamic headscarf has long been a matter of contention in Turkey. A headscarf ban applies to certain public and government offices and locations in Turkey. The ban affects university students as well as those working in the public sector.
The headscarf ban in universities was eased after the Higher Education Board (YÖK) sent a circular to universities in 2010 asking them to allow headscarved students. Yet there are still some universities and professors who insist on implementing the ban.
Tourism Minister Nabi Avci says 2016's 'serious bottleneck' was passing
It makes no sense to cooperate with one terrorist group -- the PKK/YPG -- to fight another, says Turkey's foreign minister By Esra Kaymak Avci
Dozens of shelters and weapon stores used by terrorist PKK destroyed; 3 terrorists killed
Yildirim says April 16 referendum is about changing system of government
Prices are low now, but pent-up demand will push them up, so now is the time to invest, says Akfen Holding Chair Hamdi Akin
Turkish president meets Rex Tillerson in capital Ankara
New service to benefit passengers flying coach on long-haul routes, flag carrier says
Yildirim and Tillerson spoke about ongoing efforts to clear ISIL from Syria and Iraq during their 40-minute meeting
Terrorists were allegedly preparing for a terrorist attack
Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Kravchenko speaks on 25th anniversary of Turkey-Belarus ties
BIST 100 index opens 0.18 percent higher; US dollar/Turkish lira rate stands around 3.65
Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has ordered the travel website Booking.com to be blocked
Turkish foreign minister says Ankara monitoring detention of Halkbank deputy CEO in US
Main opposition CHP leader claims proposed amendments lack democracy, human rights, freedom of expression
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu says Turkey had not disengaged from Europe but was reshaping it relations
US Istanbul Consulate says it called Adil Oksuz on July 21 after it revoked his visa at Turkey's request