Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A Looming Judicial Coup?

The Supreme Court of Appeals has requested information and documents from the Higher Education Council (YOK) regarding its amendment of coefficents used to calculate the college entrance exam scores of students graduating from imam-hatip and vocational schools. Though the Court's Chief Prosecutor, Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya, has played down rumors of a pending closure case, the document request only heightens the alert. A formal investigation has yet to be launched by the Chief Prosecutor, though plenty of digging is already clearly going on.

For more on the context of the possible closure case (and the Cihaner-Sanal showdown in the judiciary), see Feb. 21 post with updates. Also, for more on last week's crisis following the mass arrests starting last Monday, see Feb. 24 post with updates.

UPDATE I (3/6) -- The YOK has sent documents requested by Yalcinkaya to the Supreme Court of Appeals.

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