Court launches final probe into Dec 17-25 prosecutors, judge

Bakirkoy 16th Heavy Penal Court launches ‘final investigation’ into two former prosecutor and judge involved in Dec. 17-25 case as requested by Turkey’s top court

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Bakirkoy 16th Heavy Penal Court launched a “final investigation” into two prosecutors and a judge that were involved in the Dec. 17-25 case upon the  Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) on Monday.

The HSYK decided to launch a “final investigation” over misconduct for former judge Celal Kara by majority of votes,  while decision on former prosecutors Muammer Akkas and Suleyman Karacol was made unanimity.

The HSYK is the body responsible for appointment, removal, and promotion of high judges and prosecutors within the judicial system.

The indictment issued by the court asks up to three years of prison sentence for Kara and Akkas over misconduct and up to two years of prison sentence for Karacol on charges of negligence of duty.

The indictment on Akkas and Karacol claimed that one of the three copies of a document regarding the Dec.17-25, 2013 investigation was taken by Akkas without notifying anyone and the document related to Necmettin Bilal Erdogan, the son of then prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had appeared on newspapers on Dec. 26 of 2013.

Indictment also reminded that former prosecutor Akkas distributed a declaration under the label of press release.

According to the HSYK, the suspects are given 20 days to submit their defences and evidences, if any.

In May,  the HSYK ruled to expel four prosecutors including  Akkas and Karacol as well as Zekeriya Oz who has been a disputed figure and  judge Kara, from their positions over accusations of involvement in an alleged judicial coup plot against the government on Dec. 17-25 of 2013.

Oz is known to be affiliated with the Gulen Movement led by the US based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen.

The movement is accused of forming an inner circle consisting of members - also known as the “parallel state”- within the government institutions such as judiciary, police force and the bureaucracy while also claimed to be responsible for attempting to overthrow the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) through a judicial plot by Dec. 17-25 investigation.

TRTWorld and agencies