It is ironic that those who accuse the government today of curtailing freedoms were railing against it just eight or nine months ago for "abandoning the reasonable doubt practice." The events on Oct. 6-7 showed that impracticable legal rules, regardless of how liberal they are, might actually make it impossible to establish many rights, including the protection of private property or the right to life, and could cost the country very dearly. The recent events that made us realize once again that while taking liberal steps in terms of legal rules may be easy, their actual application may be all the more difficult, and also led us to remember a principle: "In order to attain a judicial ideal, existing laws should have a general, universal, impartial and fair character in addition to being practicable." We hope that the Sixth Judicial Reform Package, which also includes provisions related with "reasonable doubt" and is planned to be discussed next week at the general assembly of Parliament, would further strengthen personal freedoms, increase confidence in the judicial system and lead Turkey to take an important step on the road to becoming a "state of law."
*Att. Bülent Turan, AK Party Istanbul Deputy and Member of Justice Committee
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