Turkish lawmakers have approved controversial plans to reform the country’s top judicial body, amid a brawl which left one opposition legislator with a broken nose.
Turkish government wants the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors – the HSYK – to come under justice ministry control.
The bill was debated overnight amid heated scenes, with reports of dozens of lawmakers involved in a fist fight.
Last month the judicial body said the plans were unconstitutional and would undermine its independence.
The plans were proposed by PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party, which dominates parliament.
At one point during the 20-hour debate, scuffles broke out leading to punches being thrown.
Turkish lawmakers have approved controversial plans to reform the country’s top judicial body, amid a brawl which left one opposition legislator with a broken nose
The lawmaker whose nose was broken – Ali Ihsan Kokturk from the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) – needed hospital treatment.
Another one from the governing AK Party suffered broken fingers.
Ozcan Yeniceri, a lawmaker from the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), was among those to criticize the bill, saying it was aimed at impeding corruption inquiries and “meeting the needs of the AK Party”, Reuters reports.
The reforms come after allies of Recep Tayyip Erdogan were arrested in a major corruption inquiry, after which the government dismissed hundreds of policemen.
There is intense rivalry between Recep Tayyip Erdogan and a former ally, Fethullah Gulen, who has many supporters in the police and judiciary. Fethullah Gulen is an influential Islamic scholar living in self-imposed exile in the US.
Judicial reform is a highly sensitive issue because Turkey is under pressure from the EU to bring its justice system into line with EU standards.
Turkey hopes to join the EU, but progress in the negotiations has been very slow.
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Justin Bieber’s latest partying at a New York club ended in a bloody brawl on Saturday night.
Justin Bieber, 19, allegedly “went nuts” at a fellow reveler as he partied at hotspot South Pointe, in ritzy New York resort the Hamptons, leading to a physical altercation between members of the star’s entourage and club patrons.
The fight is thought to have been triggered by a heated exchange between Justin Bieber and a male club-goer after a female friend attempted to hit on the singer in his roped-off V.I.P. section.
A source told the New York Daily News: “He ripped his shirt off and went nuts. He was screaming.”
Justin Bieber’s security team quickly intervened and took the star out to the club’s car park to cool off, but according to TMZ things flared up again.
Justin Bieber’s latest outing at a New York club ended in a bloody brawl
The teen idol – who was by then sat in his SUV – allegedly jumped through the sunroof onto the hood of the car. At that point it’s unclear what happened, but the alleged victim was knocked out on the cement.
Police confirmed to TMZ Justin Bieber’s entourage went after the club-goer, after he had gotten aggressive with them.
Justin Bieber’s entourage are now under investigation after a nightclub patron was left sprawled out in the parking lot and taken to a hospital.
An investigation is underway after the alleged victim filed a police report. Justin will not be the target of the investigation.
Earlier in the evening, Justin Bieber’s bodyguards were accused of being ‘heavy-handed’ with fans who had hoped to meet the star.
Justin Bieber arrived with his entourage and four bodyguards at around 2 a.m. and quickly “took over” the V.I.P. area, which was closely guarded by his eagle-eyed minders.
The security team were described as being “intimidating” and “overbearing”, and even flashed a torch in the face of partygoers who tried to snap pictures of Justin Bieber on their cameraphones.