President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has appointed Mehmet Akarca, the President of the 14th Penal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Appeals, as the new Chief Prosecutor of Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals.
Mehmet Akarca was born in Sirvan, a district of Siirt, which is located in the Eastern Anatolia region. He graduated from Law School at the September 9th University in Izmir. He became a judge of the supreme court of appeals in January 2010 and the President of the 14th Penal Chamber of the Supreme Court in October 2013.
Akarca received the most votes from members of the supreme court among the candidates designated by the greater general assembly of the court.
He replaced Hasan Erbil, the former chief prosecutor, who resigned from the supreme court.
Erdogan also reappointed Mehmet Ekmekci as deputy chief prosecutor of the supreme court.
Turkey’s Supreme Court Chief Prosecutor has recently demanded the Supreme Court overrule lower court sentences over the Ergenekon Case on points of law.
The Ergenekon trials, which began in July 2008, are a series of high-profile trials in which numerous military officers, journalists, and political figures from opposition parties were tried and convicted of planning a military coup against the Turkish government.
“The duty of the Supreme Court [Yargitay], in charge of reviewing the decisions and judgements given by courts of justice from the point of conformity to the law, is to ensure the unity in the legal practice and to explain the interpretation of provisions of codes,” according to its official website.