Turkey’s President Erdoğan: “Top court ruling on journalists was against the our nation:”
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has heightened the tone of his criticism against the country’s Constitutional Court by saying the top court’s verdict which caused the release of two journalists, Can Dündar, Erderm Gül from prison was “against the nation.”
“The Constitutional Court has to be one of the institutions that should be the most sensitive about the interests and rights of the state and the people. But this institution and its president have not hesitated to rule against the country and its people on one of the most concrete examples of a massive attack towards Turkey in recent times,” Erdoğan said in Burdur, a Western town of Tyrkey, on March 11.
Erdoğan “I am responsible for monitoring the orderly and harmonious work of state bodies, the implementation of the constitution and representing the unity of the state and the people of the Republic of Turkey. Those who would exceed the boundaries of its authority will have to face me. I will never hesitate to voice my objections in the name of my people if the Constitutional Court opts for such a thing.”
“It was himself, Mr. President [Arslan], who had told me, ‘We never issue a ruling before its reasoning is ready.’ But unfortunately, I was so unhappy and resentful after this. Why? Because, his position requires honesty,” he said.
Two prominent journalists from daily Cumhuriyet, its editor-in-chief, Can Dündar, andAnkara bureau chief, Erdem Gül, were set free after 92 days of imprisonment as a result of a Constitutional Court decision which said their rights had been violated. Dündar and Gül had been arrested by a lower Istanbul court on charges of espionage and terrorism after they reported about claims that Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) was allegedly shipping weapons to rebels in Syria.