Friday, March 10, 2006

Baykal, Mumcu accused by bookstore owner of meddling in judiciary

Two political party leaders yesterday found themselves the targets of legal challenges over their statements about the Semdinli incidents and their "interference" in legal proceedings.

Lawyers for the owner of a Semdinli, Hakkari bookstore which was bombed last November owner filed the complaint with the public prosecutor against main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal and Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) leader Erkan Mumcu for interfering in the judiciary.

Seferi Yilmaz owns the Umut Bookstore, whose bombing triggered turmoil in the region and resulted in the arrest of two security officers allegedly involved in the bombing.

The trial of non-commissioned officers Ali Kaya and Ozcan Ildeniz will be heard in Van's 3rd High Criminal Court on May 4 in light of an indictment which also charges Land Forces Commander Yasar Buyukanit with protecting the two suspects and interfering in the judiciary.
The indictment caused controversy and stirred the capital since it included critical accusations against a top member of the military, one of the most publicly trusted institutions in Turkey with a steadfast determination to protect republican values and secular principles.

Both leaders along with other politicians made statements criticizing the indictment which brought the government and the military to loggerheads, forcing members of the judiciary to reiterate that the judiciary will act independently as per its normal practice.

Read the whole story on The New Anatolian

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