#Turkey : `Heated All Night Debate’ `Approves Law’ to give `more `Power to Government’ to Appoint Judges and Prosecutors ”

#AceWorldNews says after a night of heated debate and a brawl that left one MP hospitalized, Turkey’s parliament on Saturday passed a law that gives the government more power to appoint judges and prosecutors.

The debate focused on the Higher Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), the body responsible for appointing members of the judiciary.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames the influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen – who has built up quiet influence in the police and judiciary – for stirring up a corruption investigation he sees as being used to unseat him.

The opposition party CHP said on Thursday that it would appeal the bill to the Constitutional Court if it was approved in parliament.

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Italy: Prosecutor’s Open New Investigation against `Silvio Berlusconi’ in `Prostitution Case’ over Accusations he `Corrupted’ Witnesses”

#AceWorldNews says Prosecutors open new investigation against Berlusconi in prostitution case
Milanese prosecutors have opened a new investigation against Silvio Berlusconi over accusations he corrupted witnesses in a trial in which he was convicted of paying for sex with a minor, Reuters reported. The investigation follows the conviction of three associates in a separate but related trial. They were found guilty of procuring young women for prostitution at parties at Berlusconi’s luxurious villa near Milan. Last year, judges alleged that the former prime minister and his lawyers had called in some of the young women for meetings to discuss the evidence they planned to give in court.

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