Turkish president Abdullah Gul approved the bill on restricting the judicial powers

The Turkish President Mr. Abdullah approved the bill on restricting the judicial powers. The bill will give more control to the Justice ministry in comparison to the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors. It is an independent body that deals with the appointment of the judiciary.

  • Objective: To curb the independence of the judicial powers. 

The Turkish parliament also cleared the bill putting restrictions on internet. The law would permit the telecommunication authority to close the websites for violation of privacy. Though, the authority would still need court’s approval within 24 hours. The authority would also have to obtain a court order to access records of user activity.