The ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party is presenting its defense verbally at the country's top court on Thursday.
In the closure case against the party, the Constitutional Court has been listening to State Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek and AK Party Deputy Group Chairman Bekir Bozdag since 10:00 a.m.
On Tuesday, Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya, chief prosecutor of the Court of Appeals, presented evidence verbally in the case.
After verbal statements, rapporteur Osman Can assigned by the court will prepare a report on the merits of the case. In this phase, the chief prosecutor can submit further evidence and AK Party can submit additional material to the rapporteur. Then, the report will be distributed to 11 members of the court for consideration.
Afterwards, Constitutional Court Chief Judge Hasim Kilic will set a date and the court will start hearing the case on its merits.
Under the Constitution, qualified majority of votes is required to disband a political party. Accordingly, at least 7 out of 11 members of the court need to vote in favor of the closure of the party.
The Constitutional Court can also rule to deprive the AK Party of financial assistance of the Treasury instead of its dissolution.
The chief prosecutor of the Court of Appeals, filed a lawsuit on March 14th, asking the top court of Turkey to ban the AK Party for anti-secular activities.
In his indictment, the chief prosecutor also demanded 71 people, including President Abdullah Gul, former foreign minister, and Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to be banned from politics for five years.
On March 31st, the Constitutional Court convened to make a preliminary assessment of the indictment and the judges accepted to open a debate on it unanimously while they voted 7-4 on the part of the indictment related to President Gul.
AK Party submitted its preliminary written defense to the court on April 30th, and the chief prosecutor submitted his opinion on the merits of the case on May 30th.
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