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Bekir Bozdağ exchange his deputy prime minister portfolio with the justice minister position Dec. 26 following a cabinet reshuffle a day earlier. DAILY NEWS photo,

Bekir Bozdağ exchange his deputy prime minister portfolio with the justice minister position Dec. 26 following a cabinet reshuffle a day earlier. DAILY NEWS photo,

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ has slammed the statement from the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) describing the new judicial police regulation obliging those carrying out investigations to inform superiors as “unconstitutional.”

Bozdağ said Dec. 27 the judicial board did not have authority to make such a statement, adding it was made public without his knowledge. 

The controversial regulation “clearly breached the constitution,” the HSYK said in its Dec. 26 statement, adding it also contradicts the principle of separation of powers. 

“In a manner which contradicts the principle that no institution can use a prerogative not take its origin in the law, the Board has invented itself a task on a matter that is not stated in the law,” Bozdağ said in a written statement in his first day after taking office, succeeding Sadullah Ergin. 

Bozdağ also noted a lawsuit was filed in the Council of State against the regulation announced on Dec. 21. “For a board whose basic principle is to protect the independence of the judiciary, to make a statement which contains an absolute conviction that a regulation facing a nullity suit is ‘unconstitutional’ contradicts the principles of rule of law and independence of the judiciary,” Bozdağ said. 

The regulation triggered anger from lawyers and increased concerns on government intervention within the judiciary. 

On Dec. 26, the head prosecutor on a second graft investigation also denounced pressure on the judiciary after he was removed from the case.

December/27/2013

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Tekir Feline

12/28/2013 3:23:58 PM

How does it come that one of the ugliest and most dishonest AKP figures was chosen for minister of justice, I bet he even doesn't know what justice is. He is like his master, only disdain. AKP the party of the ugly and corrupt, poor Turkey.

K M

12/27/2013 9:57:29 PM

What could one expect from the Injustice Minister?

Rimon Tree

12/27/2013 5:20:31 PM

In that Gülen was right after all: Erdogan and his knights chasing the ones who chase the thieves!

Murat

12/27/2013 4:20:26 PM

What kind of justice minister protects the thiefs but assails the DAs that chase them?

Rimon Tree

12/27/2013 4:06:48 PM

Meanwhile Zaman reports Erdogan saying that if he had the authority he would prosecute the criminals in the Judicial Body, means soon he will give himself this authority. I can see dark clouds on the Turkish horizon !

mara mcglothin

12/27/2013 4:06:28 PM

DAYNA Well said! I forgot the reverse! Thanks

Çılgın Kanarya

12/27/2013 3:49:38 PM

Dayna, everyone sees that except Nadiri, lol

Black Berry

12/27/2013 3:07:23 PM

Council Of State agrees with the judges and has annulled this draconian measure. AKP starting to panic.

Landos Landos

12/27/2013 3:07:08 PM

The duty of any government is to obey the laws, not change them to suit their corrupt purposes. This man makes a disgrace of himself his first day in office. AKP is finished!

mara mcglothin

12/27/2013 3:07:06 PM

NADIRI For once you are correct-Judges should not interfere in politics! They should BE ABOVE politics and answer to no one but the public they represent. Without an independent judiciary system, Turkey is lost.
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