Erdogan aide justifies punishing those who don’t commit crimes

AK Party deputy chair Numan Kurtulmus has lashed out at the opposition for calling for judicial checks over the grievances of the state of emergency victims.

Speaking on the national broadcaster Haber Global, Kurtulmus asserted that he finds it wrong to “shed tears” for emergency decree victims, the majority of whom lost their work and got imprisoned after the failed 2016 coup.

High ranking members of the newly formed Future Party of the former PM and AKP bigwig Ahmet Davutoglu have been speaking out on grievances caused by emergency decree dismissals.

The party’s spokesperson Selim Temurci who was also a high ranking AK Party official promised on Sunday to enable judicial checks on emergency regulations.

“The authorities cannot limit the measures against those who commit crimes, as it would be ignoring the giant terrorist network behind the crimes.”

Numan Kurtulmus, AKP Deputy Chairman

Currently, emergency decrees are not checked by any courts but a committee of 80 officials consisting of judges, rapporteurs, and inspectors who review hundreds of thousands of plaintiff petitions.

“I find it incredibly wrong to shed tears for these people [those dismissed by emergency decrees] or to lament over their grievances as if they were not going to be assigned to significant posts if the coup were to be successful,” Kurtulmus remarked on the broadcast.

The AKP deputy pointed out that the authorities cannot limit the measures against those who commit crimes, reasoning that it would be ignoring “the giant terrorist network” behind the crimes.

Victims of emergency decrees have also formed NGOs and platforms to rally around.

Ankara cracked down on hundreds of thousands of citizens after the putsch bid, expelling public servants and others alike from their posts on terror accusations via the sweeping powers granted to the executive branch through the state of emergency regulations.

A person dismissed from their post by an emergency decree finds it nearly impossible to find work in the private sector. One privately-owned bank in the country took it one step further by refusing to open a bank account for a Turkish national citing his emergency decree record, showcasing the harsh consequences of the emergency measures.

“They are about to go to such extremes as to not let the Decree-Law (KHK)-purgees breath! All their practices evidently point out in that direction. The KHK purgees are literally not allowed to join the job market, nor can they benefit from any other social rights. It is not without reason that we highlight that they rejuvenate the Nazi practices in the 21st century,” Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu, an MP from the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party, said on Monday.

According to official figures, 125,628 people were expelled from their posts via emergency decrees following the coup bid.

Writing by Bunyamin Tekin, Editing by Styles Lucas Ledwaba

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