Jurists worried about delay in appointment list
The delay in the HSYK’s yearly appointment list has become a source of concern among jurists, who fear that the board may fail to issue the list this summer.
Mustafa Kamalak, a constitutional law expert, told Today’s Zaman that the much-anticipated list may not arrive this summer, which could lead to a crisis among judicial circles.
“Turkey has not witnessed a similar situation in the past. This is the first time the HSYK has been in such a deadlock, because a proposal over the appointment of Ergenekon judges and prosecutors was not before the board before. The deadlock may result in the non-issuance of the list this year,” he said.
Parliamentary Justice Commission President Ahmet İyimaya stated that the replacement of prosecutors and judges conducting the Ergenekon probe would essentially be “a secret exile.”
“The requirements for the replacement of a prosecutor or judge are explicitly defined in laws. If the HSYK is attempting to deactivate these principles and replace Ergenekon prosecutors and judges without any strong reason, then we would call it ‘exile’,” he noted.
İyimaya also said prosecutors and judges would have the right to appeal the decision if they are replaced unjustly.
More than 1,500 judges and prosecutors whose new positions will be made public on the list are waiting for the release of the appointment list.
22 July 2009, Wednesday
TODAY’S ZAMAN İSTANBUL
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