Top judicial body investigates prosecutor, judge looking into Gülenist agents
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULAug 26, 2014 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Aug 26, 2014 12:00 am
The High Council of Prosecutors and Judges committee (HSYK) has decided on Tuesday to investigate the accusations against prosecutor İrfan Fidan and judge İslam Çiçek, both of whom look into the case that investigates illegal wiretapping by alleged police officers linked with the Gülen Movement', led by US based controversial imam Fethullah Gülen.
As part of a probe investigated by Fidan, a total of 49 officers were detained for claims that they carried out illegal wiretapping activities for espionage purposes. Later, judge Çiçek ruled for imprisonment of 11 of the suspects and released the remaning 38.
The HSYK is also expected to evaluate Zekeriya Öz's case next week. Öz is accused for loosing his objectivity as a prosecutor as he tweeted adverse thoughts about President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ has recently blasted prosecutor Öz for threatening Erdoğan with death and has called the HSYK to act against the prosecutor who lost his independence and impartiality.
Öz threatened Erdoğan with death on his Twitter account without citing his name. "No one should desire dictatorship after the last century. His end will be like Saddam and Gaddafi. No matter who adopts lawlessness pays the price," Prosecutor Öz said via Twitter in recent days.
"Would you believe the independence and impartiality of a public prosecutor who threatened the country's prime minister with death without citing his name? Would you believe that this person can be someone who believes in the rule of law?" Minister Bozdağ asked at an iftar dinner organized by Change and Law and Society in Ankara. Zekeriya Öz, is a prosecutor affiliated with the Gülen Movement, who led three investigations on the Dec. 17 operation which the government described as a "dirty plot" against the state, schemed by a "parallel" group of bureaucrats that it said were nestled within the country's key institutions including the judiciary and the police, targeting Turkey's stability and development.