Judicial independence?

Retired public prosecutor Ahmet Gundel wrote this op ed in Today’s Zaman which offers an interesting perspective on the structure of Turkey’s powerful judiciary. He writes:

While popular parlance is biased on the emphasis of the judiciary’s independence against the external world, especially the government, no mention is made about the inner independence against the higher judiciary and the HSYK.

According to Gundel, factional interests and patronage have governed the appointments and promotions within the judiciary, rather than professionalism. You can read the whole thing here.

Depressing reading, his piece makes you wonder what the AKP’s current reform package will do to rectify the situation he describes.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: