The details of Turkey's ruling party AKP's defense text in the closure case has been revealed on Tuesday, Hürriyet reported.
The AKP defined the preliminary text as "a response" rather than "a defense," and it was signed by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, news agencies reported.
Here are some extracts from the AKP's defense as they are quoted by the ANKA news agency:
The AKP also claimed it was the "focal point of service to the country and the nation" since its foundation, not the "focal point of anti-secular activities."
-- The AKP became the focal point of serving our country and nation, not anti-secular activities, with its efforts since the day it was established.
-- The indictment is not based on the main characteristics of any legal system such as objectivity and rational behavior, and using the most optimistic language possible, it showed a difficulty of an understanding these characteristics.
-- The indictment is full of contradictions. It is a paradox to claim a party, who took the necessary steps in its target to become a full member to the European Union, became the focal point of anti-secular activities.
-- We never had a secret agenda beyond what we have said and done.
-- The AKP, who developed a political identity of conservative democrat, aims to normalize politics; to place it on a realistic axis and to relax the chronic areas of contention in Turkish politics.
-- The AKP is a center party, on both a political and social level, who received votes from every region in the country.
-- The AKP's fundamental policy mission is a unitary, secular and democratic state.
-- We reject every claim and accusation in this indictment. We believe that the indictment has neither a political nor legal legitimacy. We think this indictment finds our nation, who supports our party and its fundamental values, culpable, not only our party. This indictment targets not only the AKP, but also the national will and democratic politics through the AKP.