HSYK removes Erzurum special powers after coup probe arrest in Turkey

HSYK stripped off Erzurum Special Prosecutor Osman Sanal and three other judges of their powers after a Prosecutor was arrested over coup probe.

HSYK removes Erzurum special powers after coup probe arrest in Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk

The controversial Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) stripped off Erzurum Special Prosecutor Osman Sanal and three other judges of their powers after a Prosecutor was arrested on the charges of being a member of the Ergenekon terrorist network.

The move comes after Erzurum 2nd Criminal Court arrested Erzincan Chief Public Prosecutor Ilhan Cihaner under charges of being a member of the Ergenekon terrorist network, misconduct, slander and intimidation.

It decided to make a criminal complaint for abuse of power, at an extra ordinary meeting following the arrest of Erzincan Chief Public Prosecutor Ilhan Cihaner.

Militant secularists were embedded in the judiciary.

Cihaner was taken into custody by Erzurum Special Prosecutor Osman Yanal Tuesday after a raid into his office and residence.

Following a seven hour interrogation, Sanal asked to Erzurum 2nd Criminal Court to arrest Cihaner.

Erzurum 2nd Criminal Court arrested Erzincan Chief Public Prosecutor Ilhan Cihaner under charges of being a member of the Ergenekon terrorist network, misconduct, slander and intimidation.

HSYK which gathered at an extra ordinary meeting to discuss Cihaner's arrest, decided unanimously to strip Sanal and the three other judges who arrested Cihaner, saying that they "abused their powers."

The alleged criminal network that came to be known as "Ergenekon" was revealed after police seized 27 grenades, TNT explosives and fuses in a shanty house in Istanbul on June 12, 2007 and Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office launched an investigation into weapons.

Police waged several waves of operations in several provinces and detained dozens of people, including retired senior army officers, journalists, scholars and businessmen, for their alleged involvement in the network.

The 12th High Criminal Court which is hearing the case accepted three indictments with thousands of pages so far.

The culprits are charged with various crimes including attempting to overthrow the Turkish government with arms and acts of violence.

 

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