World Bulletin / News Desk
A parliamentary commission to investigate illegal wiretapping was officially approved late on Tuesday and has started working.
The commission consists of 17 members drawn from all political parties represented in Parliament and it will investigate what kind of equipment is used most for bugging, the main motives behind bugging and what damage this invasion of privacy causes. The commission is also expected to propose suggestions on how to prevent illegal wiretapping in a final report it will prepare and submit to the Parliament Speaker's Office.
Debates over bugging flared up after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on a live TV program in late December that he had discovered his office had been bugged. Recently, the Prime Ministry's Security Department has decided to set up a new unit to check for bugs and other covert listening devices in buildings used by the prime minister.
Transportation Minister Binali Yıldırım had previously said his ministry, working jointly with the Ministry of Justice, is working on legislation to increase penalties for illegal wiretapping in order to dissuade people from bugging private phone conversations in violation of the law. The legislation will also introduce restrictions on wiretapping individuals with a court-issued warrant.
Ten members of the commission are from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), four from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), two members represent Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and one member comes from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP).
Commission members are AK Party Van deputy Fatih Çiftçi, AK Party İstanbul deputy Şirin Ünal and Mihrimah Belma Satır, AK Party Bartın deputy Yılmaz Tunç, AK Party Bolu deputy Ali Ercoşkun, AK Party İzmir deputy Hamza Dağ, AK Party Elazığ deputy Şuay Alpay, AK Party Tokat deputy Zeyid Aslan, AK Party Yozgat deputy Yusuf Başer, AK Party Denizli deputy Bilal Uçar, CHP İzmir deputy Erdal Aksünger, CHP Denizli deputy İlhan Cihaner, CHP Balıkesir deputy Namık Havutça, CHP Kırklareli deputy Mehmet Siyam Kesimoğlu, MHP İstanbul deputy Atilla Kaya, MHP Elazığ deputy Enver Erdem and BDP Şırnak deputy Hasip Kaplan.
The commission will not only investigate illegal wiretapping but also illegally obtained recordings that invade privacy.
The commission has selected Arslan as its head.Last Mod: 13 Şubat 2013, 09:43