Turkish court orders house arrest of ex-PM

A top Turkish court ordered former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan to be placed under house arrest on Thursday, CNN Turk TV said.

Turkish court orders house arrest of ex-PM

A top Turkish court ordered former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan to be placed under house arrest on Thursday, CNN Turk TV said, six years after a court found him guilty of fraud in a party financing scandal.

The Court of Appeals had sentenced Erbakan to 11 months of house arrest, but the start of his detention had been postponed four times due to his poor health.

The arrest order comes amid heightened political tension in Turkey, where a secular elite including judges and army generals is at loggerheads with the AK Party government over the role of Islam in the European Union candidate nation.

The chief prosecutor of Turkey's appeals court is trying to shut down the AK Party, claiming it is trying to destroy secularism. The court case is expected to drag on for many months, threatening the country's economic and political stability.

Ten years ago, Turkey's Constitutional Court shut down Erbakan's then ruling Welfare Party on the grounds that it sought to overthrow Turkey's secular system and set up an Islamist state.

The chief prosecutor of the appeal court says leaders of the AK Party, which split from Erbakan's movement and came to power in 2002, have not really abandoned their past Islamist ideas and seek an Islamic state, which the AK Party strongly denies.


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Last Mod: 04 Nisan 2008, 11:58
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