Judge accused of being ‘parallel’ by suspected swindler dismissed from case

A judge who was accused of being a member of the so-called and”parallel structureand” by a man on trial for fraud has been removed from presiding over the case, Radikal has reported.
According to a report released on Radikaland’s website on Monday, Hakan Simsek, who is being tried in Istanbul on charges of fraud, alleged that Judge Tamer AkgandOkandce is a member of the and”parallel structureand” — a term coined the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to slander the faith-based Gandulen movement, which is inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gandulen.
and”You are the judge of Pennsylvania [where Gandulen resides]. Our prime minister will defeat you,and” Simsek reportedly told the judge during the hearing and filed a complaint with the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) against AkgandOkandce.
The HSYK launched a preliminary investigation against AkgandOkandce and took his testimony regarding the allegation on March 27. After the preliminary investigation, the accused fraudster Simsek asked for the judge to be removed from the case on April 28. Simsekand’s demand was accepted by the Anadolu 2nd High Criminal Court and AkgandOkandce was dismissed from the case on May 18. The court also ruled to assign a judge from the 30th Penal Court of First Instance to the case.
AkgandOkandce, who is the deputy head of the Judgesand’ Union and a board member of the Judges and Prosecutors Association (YARSAV) and defines himself as and”socialist,and” said Simsek has a criminal record on various charges and declared that and”the parallel case has turned into a witch hunt.and”
and”If this demand is accepted, then every judge will be forced to withdraw from the case. Now, when andlsquoparalleland’ word is voiced, life comes to standstill,and” AkgandOkandce said, and rejected the claim suggesting that he is a member of the and”parallel structure.and”
The and”parallel structureand” is a term invented by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following a massive corruption scandal to refer to members of the Gandulen movement, who he alleges operate from within the police and the judiciary. The government has failed to offer any evidence indicating such a structure exists since December 2013, when Erdogan, who was prime minister at the time, and his associates were implicated in a massive corruption scandal.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman