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Turkish Justice Minister criticised HSYK's decision saying "this is an attitude which will pull the judicial system to chaos," state-run Anatolian news agency said.
Turkish Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said, "Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) is an administrative board which does not have any judicial duties. HSYK made some decisions today by going beyond limits of its authorities. It is illegal and totally against both the Constitution and laws."
Militant secularists were embedded in the judiciary.
At an extraordinary meeting earlier in the day, HSYK stripped off the special prosecutor and three other judges in the eastern province of Erzurum of their powers, and decided to make a criminal complaint for "abuse of power" following the arrest of Erzincan Chief Public Prosecutor Ilhan Cihaner.
Cihaner was arrested under charges of being a member of the Ergenekon terrorist network, misconduct, slander and intimidation.
Ergin said at a news conference, "HSYK does not have such a duty and authority. It is an administrative board which does not have any judicial duties. HSYK assumed an attitude which could drag the judicial system into chaos by intervening in the event. As the Ministry of Justice, we consider such attempts as a heavy blow on independence of judiciary. All these developments revealed once again the necessity of a judicial reform in our country."
HSYK is known for its opposition to the ruling AK Party.
The alleged criminal network that came to be known as "Ergenekon" was revealed after police seized 27 grenades, TNT explosives and fuses in a shanty house in Istanbul on June 12, 2007 and Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office launched an investigation into weapons.
Police waged several waves of operations in several provinces and detained dozens of people, including retired senior army officers, journalists, scholars and businessmen, for their alleged involvement in the network.
The 12th High Criminal Court which is hearing the case accepted three indictments with thousands of pages so far.
The culprits are charged with various crimes including attempting to overthrow the Turkish government with arms and acts of violence.
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