Turkish lawyers threaten boycott of Erdogan's courts ceremony

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Dozens of Turkish bar associations are threatening to boycott President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's planned ceremony to open the judicial year at the ...

ISTANBUL: Dozens of Turkish bar associations are threatening to boycott President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's planned ceremony to open the judicial year at the presidential palace, saying it would be another violation of the judiciary's independence.

"These past years have seen judicial independence being seriously undermined ... The judiciary is under pressure from the executive," Mehmet Durakoglu, head of the Istanbul bar association, told AFP on Sunday . Since then authorities have arrested tens of thousands of people for alleged ties to the coup plotters, in what rights groups say is an unprecedented crackdown.

 

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