Constitutional Court rules in favor of former Turkey’s Chief of Staff

Constitutional Court rules in favor of former Turkey’s Chief of Staff

 

Review Hari Stefanatos

The Constitutional Court in Turkey has ruled in favor of the former Chief of Staff, İlker Başbuğ, who had been sentenced to life imprisonment last year, regarding his plea that his legal rights were violated.

Başbuğ was unable to file an appeal for his sentence at the Supreme Court of Appeals because a local court rejected his plea without having the case “effectively examined and the detailed reasoning regarding his conviction was not issued”. The ruling was adopted unanimously by the panel of judges.

This ruling could eventually lead to Başbuğ’s release according to what his lawyer, İlker Sezer, said to Hürriyet when asked to comment on the decision.

The Constitutional Court’s ruling was sent to the local court that had reviewed the application for Başbuğ’s release.

Başbuğ was given a life sentence in a landmark verdict in the Ergenekon coup plot case on August 5, 2013. The court did not reveal its reasoning and had decided to keep Başbuğ under detention as a precaution until the reasoning was released.

(Source Hürriyet)