Turkish administrative court rules against state of emergency commission decision

A Turkish administrative court has ruled against a decision by a commission formed to investigate Turkey’s state of emergency measures implemented in the aftermath of the July 2016 coup attempt, sparking a debate about the legitimacy of the body, Artı Gerçek news site reported on Tuesday.

Turkey’s State of Emergency Procedures Investigation Commission has rejected 92.7 percent of the applications it has received while delivering a verdict on only 40 percent of the cases it has accepted since its founding, the site reported.

Formed following warnings made by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the aftermath of the 2016 coup attempt, the commission currently has 75,300 cases which remain pending of a total of 125, 600 files, it said.

The Turkish government issued a series of emergency decree laws following the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, which led to the dismissal and suspension of thousands of people on the grounds that they are linked to Gülen movement, a religious group Turkish government accuses of orchestrating the coup attempt, or other terrorist organisations.

After being refused by Turkey’s constitutional court, Turkish applicants affected by the decree laws went to the ECHR, which was faced with a deluge of some 25,000 applications and urged on Turkey to form the commission, which delivered it first decision in Dec. 2017.

In Dec. 2018, the mandate term of the commission, led by deputy undersecretary of the Justice Ministry, Selahaddin Menteş, was extended for another year, according to a presidential decree signed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.