AK Party to focus on inconsistency in indictment

A committee set up by the ruling AK Party to defend the party against the closure case recently opened by the chief prosecutor will turn the inconsistency, contradictions and legal errors in the prosecutor's indictment to its own advantage.

AK Party to focus on inconsistency in indictment
A committee set up by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to defend the party against the closure case recently opened by the chief prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Appeals will turn the inconsistency, contradictions and legal errors in the prosecutor's indictment to its own advantage.

The committee will focus on the errors made by Chief Prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalçınkaya in his indictment. They believe the Constitutional Court will refuse to rule on an indictment that is full of such mistakes.

Yalçınkaya filed a case with the Constitutional Court on March 14 demanding that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's AK Party be disbanded on the grounds that it had become a "focal point of anti-secular activities."

The AK Party has set up a committee made up of several AK Party deputies with backgrounds in law to defend itself against Yalçınkaya's indictment. The committee will stress in their defense that the indictment prevents deputies from doing their duties and that it is not an offense to criticize a court's decisions.

In his indictment, Yalçınkaya cites a number of news reports as evidence. However, many of these news stories are unfounded and several others had already been refuted. The AK Party committee will also stress that the remarks cited as evidence of Erdoğan's being engaged in anti-secular activities were uttered long before he founded the AK Party.

The committee will further point out that, in certain parts of his indictment, Yalçınkaya, refers to President Abdullah Gül as foreign minister and AK Party Manisa deputy Bülent Arınç as parliamentary speaker. Stressing that these figures cannot be referred to with their previous titles, the committee will note that a president cannot be tried except for high treason. It will also underline that a parliamentary speaker is above all political parties and, if he committed an offense, he did so as a parliamentary speaker, not as a party member. Thus, a party cannot be held liable for his offenses.

The AK Party committee will also note that the activities of municipality officials are not the responsibility of the political party to which the officials belong. Another point on which the committee will focus is that 36 AK Party deputies are accused of criticizing decisions made by the Council of State. The committee will ask the Constitutional Court under which law it is a crime to criticize a court's public decisions.

The committee will also defend 14 deputies Yalçınkaya is seeking to ban from political activity. These deputies are accused of saying "Turkey has a headscarf problem." The committee will remind the court that Yalçınkaya used the phrase "headscarf problem" several times in his own indictment.

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