Defense in Kurdish will be sent to Parliament when PM returns, says Justice Minister
ISTANBUL - Anatolia News Agency
AA PhotoTurkey's Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said the law regarding use of mother tongue in courts will be sent to parliament as soon as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan returns, Anatolia news agency reported.
Ergin said the proposal was mostly compelete, with a few shortcomings that are being fixed. Prime Minister Erdoğan is currently in Bali, attending the Democracy Forum.
Lifting restrictions on the use of mother tongue in courts is one of the demands voiced by hundreds of inmates that are staging hunger strikes in prisons nationwide. Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said late Nov. 5 that that defense in Kurdish would soon be possible with an amendment to Article 202 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CMK).
Turkish President Abdullah Gül however called strikers to give up.
"Wrong methods of struggle never help towards the solutiong of a problem," Gül said.