Turkey to re-define 'state secret' definition

A search that is being conducted as part of an investigation into allegations of an assassination plot opened a new debate over the the concept of state secret.

Turkey to re-define 'state secret' definition
World Bulletin / News Desk

A search that is being conducted as part of an investigation into allegations of an assassination plot against Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arınc opened a new debate over the the concept of state secret.

It is a renewed debate, because in fact, the issue was on the agenda about two years ago.

Two years ago, in April 2008, the government send a bill that re-defines the "state secret" to the Parliament.

The bill that clarifies what constitutes classified information and documents sits in the Assembly's Justice Sub-Commission for 20 months.

It points out that state secrets can not be interpreted contrary to the principles and practice of law.

According to the government's draft, any information or document could be classified as state secret by State Secret Board, to be chaired by the secretary of prime minister and consist of Justice, Defense, Interior, and Foreign secretaries. It will have the ultimate authority for deciding what constitutes classified information, so any institution will not be able to claim an information to be state secret directly, except the President.

Desicions of the Board would be able to sued.

The final authority in these possible cases will be belong to the Supreme Council, which will be chaired by the Prime Minister.

It is not clear if the pending bill will be brought to the Assembly.

Last Mod: 07 Ocak 2010, 15:31
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