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Turkish Court Rejects Opposition Party’s Appeal to Annul Post-Coup Decree Laws

© AP Photo / Hussein MallaA Turkish special forces policeman stands guard in front the damaged building of the police headquarters which was attacked by the Turkish warplanes during the failed military coup last Friday, in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, July 19, 2016
A Turkish special forces policeman stands guard in front the damaged building of the police headquarters which was attacked by the Turkish warplanes during the failed military coup last Friday, in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - Sputnik International
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A court in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Wednesday rejected the opposition Republican People’s Party's (CHP) appeal as of September 23 for the annulment of the decree laws, issued by the government under the state of emergency after a failed military coup attempt in July, local media reported.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A court in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Wednesday rejected the opposition Republican People’s Party's (CHP) appeal as of September 23 for the annulment of the decree laws, issued by the government under the state of emergency after a failed military coup attempt in July, local media reported.

Following the coup attempt, Ankara issued a decree ordering the closure of thousands of private educational institutions, hospitals and associations as well as permanently discharging hundreds of judges, prosecutors, and civil servants without any investigation or means to appeal the decision. The decree also allows law enforcement to detain suspects for up to 30 days without a court decision and restricts detainees’ right to private communication with lawyers.

The court rejected the appeal on the grounds of “non-competence”, the Hurriyet Daily News reported.

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According to the newspaper, a member of CHP, Levent Gok, who made the appeal on behalf of the party, called the verdict a “legal scandal”.

The CHP said that decree laws did not provide justification of the state of emergency declaration and targeted political and social groups, which had nothing to do with the US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen. Moreover, the laws envisaged permanent changes despite the fact their validity should expire after removal of the state of emergency.

On July 15, a military coup attempt took place in Turkey. It was suppressed the following day. Over 240 people were killed during the coup attempt and an estimated 2,000 were wounded. Ankara has accused dissident Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has lived in the US state of Pennsylvania since 1999, and his followers of playing a key role in the coup.

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