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İstanbul Bar Association has filed a criminal complaint against Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu who said, “It’s police duty to break leg of a drug dealer if he or she is seen around schools. May the police put the blame on me”.
It was demanded in the complaint that Soylu be charged with “Inciting people to commit crime”, “incitement to torture”, “Violating the Constitution”.
Speaking at General Security and Fight Against Drug Meeting in İzmir today (January 5, 2018), Soylu said, “Some people have been giving me hard time by writing about me. No matter what anyone says, my police, my gendarmerie understood what I meant”.
In his first statement this morning, claiming that police “don’t break leg”, Soylu said, “I’ve been saying this for two years and no police broke a leg”.
Making a statement yesterday, İstanbul Bar Association President Mehmet Durakoğlu criticized Soylu’s statement: “A sentence like ‘break their legs’ is no way acceptable within law no matter who says this. This is explicitly a crime. This is an unlawful order”. (AS/TK)
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