World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan fired back on Saturday in his first public reaction at remarks made by top US envoy in Ankara about Turkey's judicial system.
In his remarks on February 5 to Ankara bureau chiefs of the Turkish media, the US envoy said lawmakers, military leaders and students were behind bars for long periods of time in Turkey on what he said sometimes unclear charges.
"When a legal system produces such results and confuses people like that for terrorists, it makes it hard for American and European courts to match up. We are working to reconcile our legal processes in both countries," Ricciardone told the media chiefs.
"No one should misunderstand our patience, tolerance or our friendship. Turkey is not anyone's whipping boy. No one can dare to meddle in Turkey's internal affairs nor put one's nose into its legislative, judicial and executive systems. Turkey is not country to get foreign policy directions from abroad," Erdogan told an Istanbul meeting of his Justice and Development (AK) Party without openly mentioning name of the US ambassador in Ankara, Francis Ricciardone, whose remarks sparked a salvo of criticisms within Turkish government ranks.Last Mod: 10 Şubat 2013, 11:31