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Cicek Speaks on Penal Code Changes

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  • Cicek Speaks on Penal Code Changes

    Zaman Online, Turkey
    May 20 2005

    Cicek Speaks on Penal Code Changes
    By Murat Aydin
    Published: Friday 20, 2005

    Minister of Justice Cemil Cicek has spoken about the changes to the
    Turkish Penal Code, which was been delayed due to demands of NGOs,
    the media and public organizations.

    Cicek claimed that the disputed parts had been changed, adding that
    the changes would be evaluated at the Parliamentary General Council
    and come into force on June 1. Cicek emphasized that the changes
    to be made concern the European Union (EU). The government did not
    include any punishment that does not exist in European countries
    and concerns about the fact that "the new laws are open to comments"
    do not stem from the laws themselves, the Minister added, but from
    the human factor.

    He answered claims that some issues of the law may be misused in
    periods like February 28 saying: "Laws lose their meaning during
    extraordinary situations," and added that the media-related issues
    had been changed thoroughly. The Minister of Justice said some people
    or groups want special laws for themselves, and that that brings
    real problems. Cicek stressed there will not be any privileges in a
    society where rules operate.

    Meanwhile Cicek noted that some people were unfair to Turkey by showing
    Europe as "Kingdom of Freedom". He mentioned the Belgian Parliament
    by referring to recent developments regarding the so-called Armenian
    genocide allegations in Europe.

    Cicek replied to criticisms about regulations preventing terrorist
    organization leaders like Abdullah Ocalan from communicating commands
    to militants through their advocates, saying: "There regulations
    do not restrict one's right to defend oneself. If some people are
    helping the terrorist organization by misusing this right for his
    defense by carrying information from the leader to the militants and
    from militants to the leader, we cannot let this to happen."
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