"Terror veto" introduced for public tenders

The Turkish parliament has passed into law a decree that allows intelligence personnel, police and other civil servants to report companies or individuals for links to terrorism or organised crime in order to disqualify them from obtaining public tenders, secularist newspaper Sözcü said.

The change also absolves those making the reports from all legal responsibilities arising from them and makes it illegal to reveal their identities.

Özgür Özel, a deputy for the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), criticised the bill for giving effective immunity to those who might abuse it.

“What would someone who had never had any contact or link to a terrorist organisation do if they were banned from a public tender by a secret report?” he asked.

“What if an allegation were made, and this were done in order to interfere in a commercial matter?”

The change is the 43rd law or decree to alter Law 4734 on Public Tenders since the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2002.