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Turkey moves to curb powers of top judicial body

Published on Jan 8, 2014 11:23 PM

ISTANBUL (AFP) - Turkey has moved to curb the powers of the country's top independent judicial body, triggering concern on Wednesday from Europe's top human rights watchdog.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) submitted a bill on Tuesday seeking constitutional amendments to restructure the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), the latest twist in the political crisis rocking Turkey.

Justice Minister Beckir Bozdag also said that the government would block an investigation by the HSYK into alleged political pressure on police and prosecutors involved in a graft probe targeting key allies of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The moves against the judiciary triggered concern from the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks.

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