AK Party to decide on defense extension Tuesday

Turkish PM Erdogan said his AK Party would make a decision on Tuesday evening whether they would ask for extra time to prepare their preliminary defense.

AK Party to decide on defense extension Tuesday
Turkey's AKP to decide on defense extension Tuesday

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said his Justice and Development Party (AKP) would make a decision on Tuesday evening whether they would ask for extra time to prepare their preliminary defense.

Turkey's chief prosecutor filed a lawsuit in March against the ruling AKP, claiming it became the focal point of the anti-secular activities and asked for 71 party officials to be banned from politics.

"Our friends are currently making their final preparations. We will probably make a final decision this evening following a look at their progress," Erdogan told reporters.

The AKP will make a preliminary defense, and this will be sent to the Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Prosecutor's Office, Hürriyet said.

If the AKP demands extra time to prepare its defense, the court will also assess this request.

After the Chief Prosecutor states his views on the merits of the case, the AKP will make a verbal defense in a month's time. This will be followed by verbal statements of the Chief Prosecutor in response.

Last Mod: 30 Nisan 2008, 13:09
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