Turkish parliament to discuss bill offering rights to soldiers

Published 19.06.2016 22:34

Parliament convenes on Tuesday to discuss a new judicial package that includes a draft bill that would offer legal assurance to soldiers who join counter-terrorism operations, as well as a bill proposing a payment of an additional premium to retired citizens who worked over 30 years.

The 38-article draft to restructure the Supreme Court of Appeals and the Council of State is expected to be discussed Tuesday to provide legal protection to soldiers involved in security operations against terrorist organizations. The draft proposal, which was prepared by the Defense Ministry, would allow Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) to participate in operations in central provinces with a proposal from the Interior Ministry and a decision by the Cabinet. With the proposal, the rules of the Turkish Penal Code on adjournment of jail sentences would be applied to military offenses.

If all three articles are passed, the assembly recesses until July 12. At that time, an omnibus bill including more than 200 articles is expected to be added to the agenda of the general assembly.

Meanwhile, Turkish security forces pounded 16 PKK terror targets in airstrikes carried out in Lice district of southeastern Diyarbakır province, military sources said on Saturday.

The airstrikes destroyed PKK positions in the area, including hide-outs where the terrorists stay, the statement said.

Speaking in Istanbul on Saturday President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also said that more than 7,600 PKK terrorists have been killed since the launch of operations in July 2015.

Furthermore, curfew has been imposed on 13 villages in Lice district.

The PKK terror group, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU, resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in July 2015. Since then, about 500 security forces have been killed during the operations.

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