Thursday, 27 February 2020

Turkey to Mull Proposals for Military Re-Trial

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  • Turkey Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

    Turkey Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Turkey administration under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is drafting a law concerning re-trial for hundreds of military officers and others convicted of plotting to plan a coup. The subject was stated by the head of the Turkey's Bar Association.

    Hundreds of people have been imprisoned in Turkey accused plotting to overthrow the government, not long after Erdogan sit as the prime minister in 2002. Among the prisoners are the state's former military chief and other high commanders.

    The legitimacy of their trials has been questioned after Erdogan's political advisor stated that the officers were framed by groups within police force and justice department whom the government is alleging of planning massive corruption that targeted the prime minister's supporters.

    The military filed a legal complaint this week, pleading the prosecutor to review the case involving former military officers and allegation by government officials that the corruption investigations is a conspiracy plotted by a group who infiltrated the judiciary and the police.

    Metin Feyzioglu stated to the press that he has been discussing with Erdogan about a legal proposal draft that may lead to re-trial of military officers and other individuals who were accused of plotting against the government.

    Erdogan responded positively to the proposal and instructed the Turkey's Justice Department to work with Bar Association to discuss possibilities to amend the law, said Feyzioglu.

    He stated that under his group's proposal, the case is being reviewed by a high court of appeals and would be returned to a lower court. The re-trial will be opened for cases that have been vindicated by the higher court.