Turkish top justice replies to prisoner’s letter
ISTANBUL - Hürriyet
In his reply, Kılıç says problems arising from the practice of law are intensely debated at international meetings. AA photoThe head of Turkey’s Constitutional Court has replied to a letter he received from ongoing OdaTV case suspect Müesser Uğur Yıldız, saying the latter should continue writing about the injustices she has been facing.
“I see [your letter] as the cry of a person whose rights have been violated. Have no doubt that rights violations born out of [legal] practice deeply sadden us, too... At this stage, I would recommend that you keep writing about [these] injustices. The justice community is striving to resolve the undesirable [developments] that have occured,” Haşim Kılıç, the head of Turkey’s Constitutional Court, told Yıldız in his letter.
In her letter Yıldız had referred to an earlier quote from Kılıç, who had said “Violations of rights are the leading factor that encourages people to revolt,” and requested an answer from the judge as to what methods she should employ to stage her rebellion.
In his reply Kılıç told Yıldız that problems arising from the practice of law are intensely debated at international meetings and in other forums. “We are trying to give voice to these [violations of rightd arising from the practice of law] in every platform and at every opportunity,” Kılıç said.
The case regarding OdaTV, an online news portal known for its fierce criticism of government policies, began after the police conducted a search of the website’s offices in February 2011 as part of the ongoing Ergenekon investigation.