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    Turkey's top court to deliver headscarf ruling in early June

    Hurriyet English with wires
    23.05.2008 - 09:35 | Son Güncelleme:

    Turkey's Constitutional Court will deliver its ruling in the controversial headscarf case in the first week of June, the court chairman, Hasim Kilic told reporters on Friday. The case is being monitored closely as it is seen as a proxy in the closure case against the Islamist-rooted ruling AKP. The Court's decision in the closure case is expected to be delivered after the headscarf ruling. (UPDATED)

    Turkey's Constitutional Court will deliver its ruling in the controversial headscarf case in the first week of June, the court chairman, Hasim Kilic told reporters on Friday.       

    The Turkish parliament passed the bill to amend the constitution to lift the headscarf ban in universities in February; a move that sparked concerns regarding the future of secularism and divided the public opinion. Turkey's leftist main opposition CHP later challenged the bill in the Court and demanded its annulment.  

    "No matter what the decision is, you will see that our democracy, our secular order and our laws will be empowered after this process. And believe me this is not a wish," Turkey's Referans daily quoted Kilic as saying last week. His remarks came just two hours before Osman Can, the rapporteur to Turkey's Constitutional Court, submitted his non-binding report on the case to the court.      

    Can submitted last week to Kilic, his non-binding report that recommends the Court reject the case to annul the controversial bill, which was circulated among the members.           

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