Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Erdoğan threatens judges, prosecutors in party group speech

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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who claims that there are “gangs” inside the Turkish judiciary, has vowed to “purge those gangs and networks from courthouse hallways.”
Speaking at his Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday, Prime Minister Erdoğan reiterated his earlier allegation that there are centers, both foreign and domestic, that are trying to undermine his government. “There have been some very aggressive attacks seeking to wear out our government ahead of the elections, both from the outside and inside. At home, there was a campaign against peace, stability, democracy, the settlement process and the economy, while outside there was a planned and ill-meaning campaign against Turkey's image.”

He said gangs inside the judiciary and the police force attacked trucks owned by the National Intelligence Organization (MİT). In January, prosecutors ordered trucks en route to Syria and escorted by Turkish intelligence officers to be stopped and searched on suspicion that they were transporting weapons to Syria. Erdoğan said the search was illegal and it had been carried out in an effort to smear Turkey's image, label it a terrorist country. He continued the same theme on Tuesday. “Believe me, even an enemy wouldn't have stooped this low,” he said. He claimed that the same “operation” against his government was under way. Referring to recent claims by US journalist Seymour Hersh that Turkey had masterminded a chemical attack in Syria, Erdoğan said: “Completely false allegations stating that there is a link between the chemical attack in Syria and Turkey have been put forth. There was an attempt to create the perception that there is a link between Turkey and the al-Qaeda terrorist organization, as if Turkey supports terrorism.”


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