Turkish prosecutor warns critics over AK Party case

A top Turkish state prosecutor said on Wednesday he would take legal action against officials or media who have criticised his decision to seek the closure of the ruling AK Party for suspected Islamist activities.

Turkish prosecutor warns critics over AK Party case
A top Turkish state prosecutor said on Wednesday he would take legal action against officials or media who have criticised his decision to seek the closure of the ruling AK Party for suspected Islamist activities.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has called the attempt to close down his party an attack on democracy. Other senior AK Party officials have described the move as politically motivated and harmful to the rule of law.

Media say the indictment amounts to a "judicial coup", using language that evokes memories of past army coups against Turkish governments. The European Union, which Ankara aims to join, has also criticised the lawsuit.

"For sure, necessary legal actions will be taken by the judicial authorities regarding written and verbal statements which go beyond (legitimate) criticism, which aim to affect the judicial process or threaten or insult public servants for doing their job regarding cases of shutting down political parties," the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

The statement did not say which specific statements it had in mind or whom the planned legal actions would target.

The court case is expected to drag on for many months.

Agencies


Last Mod: 03 Nisan 2008, 08:32
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