Jun 01 2019

Turkey investigated almost one-fifth of its population in 2018 - report

According to the statistics of the Turkish Ministry of Justice, Turkish authorities investigated 19.6 percent of the population in 2018, Birgün reported on Friday. 

The number of people under investigation reached over 13 million in 2018 from 8.2 million in 2011. 

Some 33.9 percent of the investigations ended without charges, while crimes against private properties ranked first among the investigations completed by chief prosecutors with 27.4 percent. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday unveiled a new round of legal reforms that he said reaffirmed Turkey’s plans to become a member of the European Union, which, a day before, said in its annual report that Turkey had experienced considerable backsliding in the rule of law and the judiciary, fundamental rights over one year.

The enforcement of fundamental rights is hindered by the fragmentation and limited independence of public institutions responsible for protecting those rights and freedoms as well as by the lack of an independent judiciary, the EU report said.