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The Turkish Court of Appeals has made a controversial decision on "adultery" after examining objections regarding two cases in Ankara and Konya, daily Habertürk has reported.

According to the court's decision, a married woman or man who has spent a night in a room with another man or woman can be assumed to have committed adultery, which is considered adequate grounds for divorce.

Local courts in Konya and Ankara had previously rejected the claimants' demands for divorce due to lack of evidence.

The court's decision will be able to be referred to by other courts as example jurisprudence.

November/09/2012

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Brian Irlanda

11/12/2012 11:16:47 AM

Unbelievable. This is like a science fiction movie and Turkey has entered some kind of "time warp" and is moving backwards to the 15th century. If we continue we will end up in the stone age and men will be hitting women over the had and dragging them back to their cave! .

B Medic

11/12/2012 11:12:27 AM

This is an absolutely ridiculous sentence and another sign that Turkish courts do not care or do not understand the country's laws. How do these bigots in red and golden robes live and think? The Court of Appeals and its predecessors has been criticized for many years by Amnesty, Human Rights Watch and other organizations for being "a site of institutionalized resistance to reform". With this sentence comes more support for those claims.

illawarrior hill

11/12/2012 5:46:26 AM

Sharing a room equates to having sex? How ridiculous! So this means that next time a husband complains he isn't getting enough, the wife can say, but we shared the room - court says it is the same thing - why aren't you satisfied! Does one presume it does not apply to family members? What if two couples shared a room overnight - many hotels have 2 queen sized beds?

Ryan James

11/9/2012 10:12:54 PM

Another brainless legal decision.

jeffrey Jeffrey

11/9/2012 8:56:28 PM

the next step will be to apply adultery charges only to the wife and allow husbands to divorce at will. And how far away can polygamy be ?

Brit in Turkey

11/9/2012 6:45:21 PM

"a married woman or man who has spent a night in a room with another man or woman can be assumed to have committed adultery". Now I always thought that spending the night with your wife/ husband was OK. Apparently not. So there are 20m or more cases in Turkey each night? What will be the case if two businessmen or two business women need to share a room in a hotel because no others are available?

Red Tail

11/9/2012 4:22:36 PM

But AKP wanted to make adultery illegal. How does this match the above article?

mara mcglothin

11/9/2012 4:11:01 PM

And the punishment for committing adultery will be..? sroning? In most courts in America, "irreconsilable differences" is the main reason for divorce because people don't want the World to know their business. Enough said.

Johanna Dew

11/9/2012 4:09:59 PM

Welcoming Sharia in Turkey. Finally..:)
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