Saturday, May 31, 2008

Erbakan Pardon?

Former Islamist president and leader of the now defunct Refah Party Necmettin Erbakan might be pardoned by President Gül, although the president has announced no intention to do so. Erbakan was sentenced in April to a sentence of two years and four months under house arrest following his conviction in a corruption case. Under Article 104 of the constitution, he president has the right to pardon the elderly, the sick and the handicapped. Erbakan led Refah up until its end in the 1997 coup and his pardon would infuriate Turkey's secular elite.

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