Profanity at Parliament goes unpunished by ruling AKP
AKP deputy Zeyid Aslan (R) swore at CHP Tunceli Deputy Kamer Genç (L) in late April. DHA photo
The ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) relevant bodies have decided not to punish the party's Tokat deputy, Zeyid Aslan, who insulted and swore at main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Tunceli Deputy Kamer Genç in late April.
Parliament's General Assembly had already decided to condemn Aslan, with votes also coming from AKP lawmakers. Amid high pressure from both his and the main opposition party, Aslan was also forced to leave his position as a parliamentary commission chair.
Afterwards, he was referred to the disciplinary committee of his ruling party. Eventually, the disciplinary boards of the AKP headquarters and the AKP parliamentary group both decided not to penalize Aslan, party sources told the Hürriyet Daily News on May 21.
Taking into consideration the fact that Parliament's General Assembly had already condemned Aslan, the disciplinary boards maintained that "punishment of a crime twice would not be appropriate," the same sources said.