Monday 28 July 2008

Request for Interim Measure on Turkish AK Party - Dismissed

Last Friday, 25 July, the Court received an application by Ali Sezer relating to the possible dissolution of the ruling party in Turkey, the AK Party (Justice and Development Party). The applicant also asked for an interim measure "to prevent the Turkish Constitutional Court from ordering the dissolution of the AKP". The Court, on that same Friday, informed the applicant that it would not adopt an interim measure. In addition, it refused to give the case priority. It seems that the Court, wisely, first awaits what the outcome of the - turbulent - proceedings on the national level will be. The case may certainly return to Strasbourg in the future, if the Turkish Constitutional Court indeed orders the dissolution of the party.