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.


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