Turk minister slams prosecutor over 'execution' remarks

Turkish gov't spokesperson Cemil Çiçek slammed remarks by Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Prosecutor Tansel Çölaşan, who said she had no regrets over the execution of three politicians following a coup in 1960.

Turk minister slams prosecutor over 'execution' remarks
Turkish government spokesperson Cemil Çiçek, speaking after a Cabinet meeting yesterday, slammed remarks made by Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Prosecutor Tansel Çölaşan, who said she had no regrets over the execution of three politicians following a coup in 1960, saying he did not understand how it was possible for a learned legal scholar to utter statements praising executions.

On Sunday Çölaşan praised the May 27, 1960 coup d'état after which then-Prime Minister Adnan Menderes, Foreign Minister Fatin Rüştü Zorlu and Finance Minister Hasan Polatkan were executed. "Not every military intervention is a coup; [the one in] 1960 was in fact a revolution. What happened after these three [were executed]? We experienced a great period of republican history," she said.

In response to a question from the press on his reaction to Çölaşan's remarks, Çiçek stated that senior members of the judiciary should wait until they retire before making such remarks. "Such statements also hurt the reputation of the institutions those who utter them represent, particularly on thorny subjects such as this one, subjects that have caused great pain," he said.

He said he did not see how a person of the legal profession could defend an intervention outside the law. "It is not right for people of the law to approve events that fall outside legal boundaries."

Çiçek also said he was surprised to see that there were still people in Turkey who approve of the May 27 coup.

During yesterday's press conference, Çiçek also said that prosecutors should start filing charges concerning recently released voice recordings allegedly featuring an army general revealing a military secret, a prosecutor cursing at the prime minister and a retired senior bureaucrat who indicates that the president "could" fall victim to an assassination.

Today's Zaman, Agencies
Last Mod: 11 Mart 2008, 12:37
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