POLITICS > AKP deputy head slams US envoy’s criticisms on long detentions


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The deputy head of the AKP, Hüseyin Çelik slammed the US ambassador to Turkey in televised comments on the private broadcaster Kanal A. AA photo

The deputy head of the AKP, Hüseyin Çelik slammed the US ambassador to Turkey in televised comments on the private broadcaster Kanal A. AA photo

A senior member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) reacted strongly today to critical remarks from U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone regarding the Turkish judicial system.

“We are inviting Ricciardone to remain within his boundaries and limits. We are not pleased with [his remarks], we condemn and denounce them. The ambassador should know his place,” said the deputy head of the AKP, Hüseyin Çelik in televised comments on the private broadcaster Kanal A.  

Ricciardone, who briefed Ankara reporters yesterday after a suicide attack targeting the embassy killed two people Feb. 1, criticized the long detention of army officers, scholars and students. “You have your military leaders, who were entrusted with the protection of this country behind bars as if they were terrorists... 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,” Ricciardone had said.

Çelik noted that the U.S. envoy had in the past also commented about internal questions in Turkey, emphasizing that it was unappropriate for a diplomat to make judgments about “topics that he does not know the details of.” 

“The Prime Minister had called him ‘novice ambassador.’ As it seems, Ricciardone has not yet learnd his place in that period,” said Çelik. 

The AKP deputy also asked the U.S. envoy to give explanations for the Guantanamo Camp, where al-Qaeda suspects are detained, and added that American tribunals were not appeal instances of the Turkish courts and therefore “didn’t need to understand [our] problems.” 


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Turkish Sal

2/7/2013 8:44:03 PM

Truther, wait wait wait. This is just too funny. Certain liberties are restricted in the Western World, correct. You can't just go running around doing whatever the hell you want claiming "this is free country, isn't it?". To look at the most heinous of offenses America may have committed one can still not come close to this country's record. I'm not just talking about the last 10 years either.

Tekion Particle

2/7/2013 6:04:52 PM

I wonder how he would react if it was Mr Hüseyin Çelik himself in the slammer indefinitely without charge or trial? If the ambassador did not have diplomatic immunity they would have arrested him on trumped up terror charges by now.

american american

2/7/2013 4:53:21 PM

novice ambassadors are sent to novice posts

Nageyec Conduz

2/7/2013 11:43:09 AM

Ricciardone is in a glass house, yet throwing stones.


2/7/2013 11:00:03 AM

Ricciardone has still not learned the first rule of diplomacy in Turkey. The majority of Turks, and all of the AKP, cannot take criticism of any kind, and always react with playground anger and foot stomping. The first line of any briefing for diplomats sent to Turkey should be: A Turk is never wrong.

Rimon Tree

2/7/2013 8:53:16 AM

Has the AKP got some other abilities than to slam and chide and condemn or provide morning jokes for the rest of the World?

Engin Atik

2/7/2013 8:09:50 AM

Probably Ricciardone knows a lot more about about the Turkish judicial system and the current court cases than Celik gives him credit for: his job is to inform Obama on all that is going on in Turkey. The real reason behind Celik's temper tantrum seems to be Ricciardone's recent comments about how America wants to trade with the whole of Iraq not just 20% of it which threw in a monkey wrench in Barzani-AKP business plots. Ricciardone is also tasked with conveying Obama's views to Turkey.

Coskan U

2/7/2013 7:54:32 AM

So this guy is comparing Turkish generals in Silivri with al-qaeda fanatics in Guantanamo ?? Unbeliavable ! They’ll say anything to cover up for their mess.

Michael Johnson

2/7/2013 7:31:13 AM

Celik is an unmitigated mess. Yelling and screaming about a diplomat stating the obvious will not garner the AKP any points. Amateurs calling others amateurs only serves to make them look foolish. Some of these people really should look in the mirror once in awhile.


2/7/2013 3:30:27 AM

As if the U.S of Amerika can speak. They have such laws as the N.D.A.A allowing indefinite detention and no right to a fair trial or due process... Or the Patriot Act which basically destroys the right to a persons privacy as they can wire tap or bug anyone they see fit. Now the whole gun control debate... They are systematically taking away the peoples constitutional rights and soon, they will also go after the first Amendment! Look at your own country before criticizing others, I would say!
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