Jan 02 2018

Turkish Justice Ministry sues academic still hounding peace petitioner fired by decree

Turkey’s Justice Ministry has sued a law academic fired by government decree from Ankara University to stop him working as a lawyer, secularist newspaper Cumhuriyet said.

The Turkish Justice Ministry has opened a case to cancel the legal internship at the Association of Turkish Bars (TBB) for academic Cenk Yiğiter, it said.

Yiğiter was an academic at Ankara University until his expulsion a year ago.

Yiğiter entered the university entrance examination and gained a place at the Ankara University Communication Faculty’s Radio, Television and Cinema Department.

The university then changed its regulations to disqualify those dismissed by decree from becoming students.

Yiğiter then decided to continue his career as a lawyer.

TBB approved his application for an internship at the Ankara Bar Association. Then the Turkish Justice Ministry opened a case to have him forced out of the internship.

Even though Yiğiter was dismissed for signing a peace petition the government said was linked to the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the ministry’s lawsuit said Yiğiter had connections with the Gülen movement, an Islamist group which the Turkish government says was behind the 2016 failed coup attempt.

The Justice Ministry petition said Yiğiter’s continued employment would “halt the fight against terror” and “poison the reputation of law as a profession”.

 

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