Turkey's judges board says gov't plans for more judicial control 'unconstitutional'

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Turkey's judges and prosecutors board body on Jan. 10 slapped down the government's plans to curb its powers, calling the proposed reforms unconstitutional Hurriyet Daily News reported.

"With the law amendment, the board is reporting to the justice ministry. The amendment is against the constitution and the formation of an independent body," the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) said in a written statement.

It also said that the reform plan was contrary to international law, including the Venice criteria to which Turkey is subject of.

The new plan comes only three years after the AKP government reformed the body in line with the EU's advice, amid a graft scandal that targeted a number of high-ranking officials.

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