Top Turkey court annuls parts of controversial judiciary law

Agence France-Presse . Ankara

Turkey’s constitutional court on Friday overturned sections of a controversial judiciary reform adopted in response to a corruption scandal roiling the government, local media said.
The court said the most controversial clause of the law, giving the justice ministry greater control over the appointment of prosecutors and judges, was unconstitutional, private NTV television reported.
The decision came after an appeal by a lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) who said it violated the principles of separation of powers and independence of courts.
The CHP’s deputy chairman Sezgin Tanrikulu hailed the decision and said: ‘With its recent decisions, the Constitutional Court has turned into a body championing freedoms, which unsettles the regime.’

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