The Constitutional Court on Monday decided to accept petitions for the suspension and annulment of several articles in the Turkish Penal Code (TCK), the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and the Municipality Law.
The applications, lodged by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, himself a former Constitutional Court chief justice, and the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), were found to be in order. The TÜBİTAK law articles that the CHP and Sezer want annulled involve the election of members to the institution's board.
The CHP also argues that two amendments made to the TCK, one involving Justice Ministry approval for trials in Turkey for crimes committed overseas and the other a controversial decrease in fines and prison terms imposed those convicted of teaching at and managing unregistered educational institutions, are unconstitutional.
(Source: Turkish Daily News)