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Trial process for Asik and Bucak kicks off

HDN | 12/18/2002 12:00:00 AM |

The trial process for former deputies Eyup Asik and Sedat Bucak, against whom there were accusations for having links with crime gangs, kicked off yesterday when Parliament sent the files of complaint against them to the concerned courts as their

The trial process for former deputies Eyup Asik and Sedat Bucak, against whom there were accusations for having links with crime gangs, kicked off yesterday when Parliament sent the files of complaint against them to the concerned courts as their legislative immunities were removed after Nov. 3.

As these two former deputies failed to enter Parliament at the Nov. 3 elections, Parliament sent their files to Istanbul State Security Court (DGM). However, the DGM is expected to decide that it has no jurisdiction to try the case since the Turkish Penal Code's Article 313 and 314, of which Asik and Bucak are accused, were excluded from the jurisdiction of DGM with a recent law amendment. The DGM will send the files to Istanbul High Criminal Court.

Asik is accused of assisting a member of a crime gang. He resigned as state minister and deputy on Nov. 16, 1998 upon the claims that he held phone calls with crime gang leader Alaattin Cakici. Asik always denied the claims. If he's found guilty, he faces imprisonment from six months to one year.

Bucak is accused of forming a crime gang and possessing illegal arms within the scope of the Susurluk case. A traffic accident that took place in Susurluk in 1996, highlighted the illegal relationship between state officials and crime gangs. Bucak faces imprisonment from 11 years to 20 years, if he's found guilty.

Ankara- Turkish Daily News

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