'President Gül could face trials'

"Court decision shows that presidents could face trials on acts committed prior to having been elected," claimed Kemal Kilicdaroglu, deputy chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) Group, a secularist party.

'President Gül could face trials'
"The decision of the Turkish Constitutional Court today, accepting an indictment prepared by the prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Appeals on closure of ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, shows that presidents could face trials on acts committed prior to having been elected," claimed Kemal Kilicdaroglu, deputy chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) Group, a secularist party, on Monday.

Receiving a group of students from Istanbul Kultur University, Kilicdaroglu indicated that "there were debates in academic and political circles on whether a president could face trial on acts committed prior to becoming a president. The decision of the Constitutional Court on Monday ends all debates (on this issue)."

"A president could face court trial on acts committed before assuming the post of the presidency," he said.

Meanwhile, Cihan Pacaci, SG of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), told that "everyone should display respect for the rule of law and independence of the (Constitutional) court."

"We believe that any future comments on the Constitutional Court's process would be an incorrect," Pacaci noted.

"Everyone should act with common sense and stay away from remarks that could escalate tension in Turkey," Pacasi stressed.

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