Jurists call for removal of HSYK, YARSAV members
Jurists agree that both Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) member Ali Suat Ertosun and Ömer Faruk Eminağaoğlu, the head of the Judges and Prosecutors Association (YARSAV), damaged the independence of the judiciary when they met with individuals who are currently suspects in the Ergenekon case.
They said both Ertosun and Eminağaoğlu should be removed from office as they have already lost their impartiality.
Last week Turkish dailies published a photo of Ertosun in a meeting at Ankara’s Kent Hotel with several Ergenekon suspects.
Then a photo was published of YARSAV’s Eminağaoğlu at a restaurant with a group of friends, including Independent Republican Party (BCP) Deputy Chairman Engin Aydın, an Ergenekon suspect.
“These photos damage the trust in the judiciary. Jurists who have the prospect of dealing with a judicial case should not be in contact with suspects,” said Jurists’ Union President Sinan Kılıçkaya.
Gültekin Avcı, a retired public prosecutor, said both Eminağaoğlu and Ertosun should immediately be removed from their positions. Ahmet Gündel, a former Supreme Court of Appeals prosecutor, agreed, and added: “Eminağaoğlu is also a Supreme Court of Appeals prosecutor. A prosecutor cannot appear among individuals who are standing as defendants in a judicial case. This is against the law.”