Military jurisdiction bill approved by Turkish parliamentary commission

Draft bill will make PM approval a requirement for any investigation into heads of armed forces.

Military jurisdiction bill approved by Turkish parliamentary commission

World Bulletin / News Desk

A proposed bill that would require Turkey's Prime Minister to personally vet any investigations into armed force commanders, was approved for discussion in Turkey's parliament on Thursday.

The draft bill would make the Prime Minister's permission a requirement for any investigations into the chief of general staff and commanders of land, air and naval forces. The approval of the interior minister would be needed to investigate the chief of the gendarmerie.

The bill, an amendment to the current law governing the military, would also mean that complaints regarding army personnel will not be processed if they came from unidentifiable sources and were not verifiable.

To come into force, the draft bill has to be approved by the Turkish parliament.

Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz said he expected the bill to come to the parliament in April.

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