Assembly amends National Intelligence Organization law

Published 17.02.2012 16:14
Updated 17.02.2012 16:22

Turkey’s Grand National Assembly held a General Assembly in order to discuss certain amendments on the Law involving requiring the Prime Minister’s permission for investigations to be opened into National Intelligence Organization (MİT)members or other civil servants specially appointed by the Prime Minister.

The parliamentary deliberations went on for hours after which certain amendments were made to the regulation in accordance to motions put forth by the AK Party. One motion involved altering the statement, "especially appointment individuals" in order to eradicate criticism that "the Prime Minister is being granted the authority to form an organization." In addition, the statement "All MİT members or those individuals specially appointed by the Prime Minister, " has been changed to read, "All MİT members or civil servants that have been assigned to represent a specific duty by the Prime Minister."
According to the first article of the bill which was passed, permission by the Prime Minister will be required in order to open an investigation into crimes allegedly conducted by civil servants appointed by the Prime Minister or MİT members if it is directly related to their specific duties.

A second article was also added to the bill as well as to the National Intelligence Organization Law. This article states that permission will also be required by the Prime Minister for investigations that were initiated prior to the release of the regulation. In this context, if the Prime Minister does not grant permission, then the investigation into MİT Undersecretary Hakan Fidan as well as the other MİT members who participated in the Oslo meetings may be discarded.


Minister of Justice Ergin states that ever since the PKK terrorist organization's leader was brought to Turkey in 1999, all political parties in power have had the military and intelligence security bureau meet when necessitated. "Up until now we have held these sorts of meetings and in the future, if necessary we will continue to do the same."
When asked what intelligence units discuss with terrorist organization leaders, Ergin stated, "If these meetings resulted in establishing the groundwork acceptable to the Turkish Republic State, then we would have brought the issue to parliament and taken action."
However, explains Ergin, these meetings sometimes result in unimaginable demands, "As long as these proposals remain unfulfilled, the one who brings it up tends to be held responsible. Our intelligence units that hold these meetings never exert any sort of prompting on the issue to our government. There is in no way any such case of our government making any promises or any sort of commitment. This, I clearly profess."

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