Today is the 60th anniversary of the Constitutional Court. Turning 60 brought the Supreme Court together with government opposition for the first time in a long time. As President Erdoğan attended the Supreme Court’s anniversary event, opposition parties were also invited.
Erdogan sat between Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mustafa Şentop and President of the Constitutional Court Zühtü Arslan during the protocol. While Iyi Party Chairman Meral Akşener sat side by side with former Speaker of Parliament Cemil Çiçek; Bülent Arınç was alongside HDP co-chair Mithat Sancar who attended the meeting.
In fact, this encounter brought an interesting encounter.
As you know, the closure case against the HDP is before the Constitutional Court… Indeed, HDP’s lawyers presented their defense on the merits before the Constitutional Court last week. It was remarkable that HDP co-chairman Mithat Sancar was among the guests of the Constitutional Court, which will hear the shutdown case brought against the HDP in the coming days. Sancar was greeted by President Zühtü Arslan, who will handle the closing case, at the entrance to the hall where the Supreme Court’s anniversary event will be held. Arslan shook Sancar’s hand and invited him into the room.
Turkey is an interesting country… Think about it; Tomorrow you will try to judge a politician you shake hands with and sit on par with the power partners in protocol, based on the “terrorism” of tomorrow. Does this make sense to you?
The main reason for the ironic image here is undoubtedly the definition of “terror” in Turkey. The definition is so broad that; You can put anything in this bag. If there is an autocratic structure like Turkey that tries to align society and politics with the justice system, it may be easier than anything. The fact that the definition of “terrorism” was used so broadly also posed a problem for political power in the early years of AKP rule. Cemil Çiçek, Minister of Justice at the time, expressed it; demanded that the definition be refined and formatted in accordance with the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. But it didn’t happen… Because the AKP government also had fun designing politics thanks to this definition, and Çiçek fell into opposition within the government.
And this strange image emerged…
That’s not the only oddity…
What is strange in yesterday’s photo is that İrfan Fidan, who will have disastrous consequences in the case of the closure of the HDP, is also in the same room.
İrfan Fidan was the former Prosecutor General of Istanbul. Fidan’s signature has been included in numerous indictments against HDP leaders. These investigations and lawsuits form the basis of the closing case against HDP today. From this point of view, İrfan Fidan is the party of the HDP closure case!
While serving as attorney general, he was hastily elected a member of the Supreme Court by the HSK. Without even opening the cover of a file, he became a candidate for the Constitutional Court and was appointed member of the Supreme Court, as the member who received the most votes in the elections in which the members of the Court took part. supreme. .
He was yesterday at the Supreme Court, in the title he had acquired with contempt,
The HDP, citing the lawsuits and investigations against its leaders as an example, asked a judge to dismiss İrfan Fidan on the grounds that he also had voting rights. The High Court dismissed the HDP’s petition.
On the strength of this decision, he will be one of the judges voting in the HDP case in the coming days.
THE CHP APPLICATION IS ALSO ON THE AYM PROGRAM
Among the guests of the Constitutional Court yesterday was the head of the CHP, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. The leader of the main opposition party also has a petition to the Supreme Court. This is the current electoral law…
The main opposition party seized the Supreme Court of 4 articles on 2 questions.
One of them is the method of determining by lot the judges who will take charge of the electoral commissions. In the previous law, judges were chosen from among the most senior judges in the district. With the new law, judges will now be determined by lot. During the Commission and General Assembly discussions on the law, the opposition strongly opposed this regulation, citing their concerns about the appointment of judges close to the government in electoral commissions, but this was ignored. The CHP asked the Constitutional Court to annul the regulation.
While making a request, he also requested a stay of execution specifically for this article. Because, according to the YSK decision, the procedures regarding the appointment of electoral commissions must be concluded by July 6. This is why the CHP wanted a decision on the stay application while the first review was ongoing, but the Supreme Court did not consider this request at its first meeting last week. He contented himself with procedural control.
According to the jurists, chaos will ensue if the Constitutional Court decides to suspend or annul the execution on this issue at a later date.
Another application of the CHP is that the President enters the electoral race using all possibilities. It was said that a technical regulation was being worked out in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, and this authority was given to the President. But a clear inequality has emerged.
Let’s see how the Supreme Court will react to this inequality.
Considering the long speech delivered by the President of the Constitutional Court, Zühtü Arslan, we have a bright and beautiful future ahead of us. But in the country, theory does not mesh well with practice.
Today’s meeting is the meeting of the government and the opposition in the same room; Zühtü Arslan was also significant in terms of his speech.
Most important will be the decisions of the Constitutional Court regarding the case of the closure of the HDP, which will be very decisive in the politics of the period to come, and the application of the CHP regarding the electoral law.