September 6, 2014

Top court rejects claims it is controlled by 'parallel structure'

Turkey's Constitutional Court has rejected claims that it is controlled by the "parallel structure," a phrase the government uses to describe followers of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, dismissing claims that one of its rapporteurs were dismissed because he exposed this scheme.

In a strongly worded statement, the top court said on Friday that the allegations by Emir Kaya, who claimed in a pro-government TV channel on Thursday that the court is controlled by sympathizers of the Gülen movement and that he was fired because he exposed this.

The Constitutional Court said Kaya was sent back to his university because he lacked necessary job skills, describing his "imagination" as "absolutely untrue."

It added that it is clear that the orchestrated play is a plan to defame the judicial institution, stressing that they are aware of the fact that they're trying to put the court at the center of a political fight.

Published on Today's Zaman, 05 September 2014, Friday