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A chance for the Turkish justice to correct a big mistake

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On Jan. 11, 2018, Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled that the rights of arrested journalists, Şahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan, had been violated and that the pair should be released. In prison for more than a year, both of the well-known journalists are accused of “links to terrorist groups” and “attempting to overthrow the government.”

However, a lower court immediately overturned the high court’s decision and ruled for the continuation of the imprisonment of the two journalists, in full violation of the Turkish constitution. At that time, instead of criticizing the lower court’s decision that created a mess within the Turkish judicial system, top government officials slammed the Constitutional Court for exceeding its limits.

Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesperson Bekir Bozdağ, who has a legal background, openly criticized the Constitutional Court on Jan. 12 through his Twitter account.

“[With the ruling], the Constitutional Court has gone beyond........

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