Bekir Bozdag criticizes Turkish Constitutional Court's ruling

Bekir Bozdag criticizes Turkish Constitutional Court's ruling

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the Constitutional Court had overstepped its limit, set out in the law, with its ruling to release two journalists on the grounds that their rights had been violated while in custody.

"When ruling on individual applications, the Constitutional Court...cannot act like a super appeals court and cannot make rulings like such courts," Bozdag wrote on his Twitter page.

"The Constitutional Court has overstepped the limit set out in the constitution and the laws," Reuters cited him as saying.

Yesterday, the court ruled in favor of releasing the two journalists, Mehmet Altan and Sahin Alpay, jailed for more than year over the July 2016 attempted coup, but hours later penal courts decided to keep them in detention, state media said.

Journalists were accused of links to terrorist groups and attempting to overthrow the government and were among more than 50,000 people remanded in custody after the failed putsch. They deny the charges.