Turkey's Constitutional Court rapporteur has recommended that the ruling AK Party not be closed for allegedly anti-secular activities, broadcaster CNN Turk reported on Wednesday.
Hasim Kilic, President of the Constitutional Court, told reporters in Ankara that rapporteur Osman Can had finished his report on the dissolution case against AK Party, adding that the report was not binding but was rather a guiding document intended to help court members.
"Therefore, members of our court started working on the case, right after the Chief Prosecutor's statements and AK Party's defense, and they are still working," said Kilic.
Kilic urged the media not to disturb court members and allow them to do their work.
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 allegedly 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.
The case will now proceed as follows:
Kilic will set a date and the court will start hearing the case on its merits.
If AK Party demands extra time for its defense, the court will also assess this demand. According to the Constitution, at least 7 of the 11 members of the court have to vote for closure in order for the court to shut down a political party.
In line with Article 69 of the Constitution, the court may instead decide to reduce or cut the financial aid given to this political party from the Treasury.
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