Trial of Kurdish politician delayed under new reform package

Zana's trial was delayed indefinitely under changes included in the new package, known commonly as the third judicial reform package, which introduces new definitions for certain crimes.

Trial of Kurdish politician delayed under new reform package

World Bulletin / News Desk 

A Diyarbakır court has decided to delay an ongoing investigation of Kurdish politician Leyla Zana due to the provisions of a recently passed judicial reform package.

The Diyarbakır 6th High Criminal Court, which is trying Zana, a Diyarbakır independent, on charges of “praising a crime and its perpetrator,” in relation to a speech she made in 2007 during celebrations of the Kurdish festival Nevruz in Diyarbakır, ruled to delay the trial.

Zana's trial was delayed indefinitely under changes included in the new package, known commonly as the third judicial reform package, which introduces new definitions for certain crimes.

The prosecution also requested a delay in the trial, while the defendant's lawyers argued the case should be dropped entirely.

Two other Kurdish politicians, Emine Ayna and Sabahat Tuncel, are also being tried on similar charges by the Ankara 11th High Criminal Court. The prosecution also requested a delay in that trial. The court will decide on the delay request at the next hearing.

Also, as part of the new justice reform package that introduces new rules regarding banned books, 22,000 publications currently considered illegal will become legal. Turkish courts have banned 22,000 publications over the past 60 years.

Last Mod: 18 Temmuz 2012, 17:39
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