07/01/2008, 00.00
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Turkey’s chief prosecutor reiterates demand to disband AKP

According to Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya, the current ruling party is trying to introduce Islamic lawn into the country. Defence should submit its own memorandum on 3 July and a sentence should be ready for August.
Ankara (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Turkey's Chief Prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya reiterated his demand for the ruling AKP's closure, alleging the party seeks to introduce Islamic law, something that is absolutely banned by the country’s constitution.

In a 90-minute presentation the prosecutor said that the AKP wants to establish a Sharia-based order, and that “there is an open and imminent threat on this issue," state-run Anatolian Agency reported

The first charge by Yalcinkaya came in March when the prosecutor first called for disbanding the Justice and Development Party and inflicting a five-year ban on 71 members of its leaders, including President Gul and prime minister Erdogan.

News agencies report that the AKP will present its own cases two days from now, 3 July. Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek, accompanied by AKP caucus leader Bekir Bozdag, will hand in the party’s memorandum.

After presenting of the AKI’s arguments, the rapporteur will present his report to the judges.

The Court, which ruled against that a law lifting the ban on headscarf, should have a decision for August.

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