Apr 16 2018

Most of AKP would be jailed if emergency rule applied to them - Karamollaoğlu

If Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was to apply its criteria for detention and arrests to itself, 75 percent of the party would be behind bars, said the leader of the small Islamist opposition Saadet (Felicity) Party, Temel Karamollaoğlu.

Speaking at the party congress in the eastern city of Erzurum on Sunday, Karamollaoğlu spoke out against Turkey’s state of emergency, implemented following the July 2016 coup attempt, left-wing Cumhuriyet daily reported.

‘’Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by the state of emergency … I used to think if the same criteria (for detention and arrests) were applied to AKP members, 60 percent would be jailed. It turns out that was too low. I’ve changed that figure; now I say at least 75 percent would be behind bars,’’ Karamollaoğlu said.

The Felicity Party leader said the concept of law had been tainted in Turkey.

‘’Injustice has spread across the nation. There’s a video of the president that dates back 16-17 years where he is complaining about the state of emergency, saying, ‘there can be no justice in a country like this, only tyranny’, and 15 years later he’s saying that Turkey can’t give up on the state of emergency. Why is that?”

Turkey's state of emergency was put in place after the July 2016 failed and has been extended six times. During this time more than 150 media outlets have been shut down, some 50,000 arrested and 150,000 people sacked or suspended from their jobs.