Turk court's tapping decision to extend to police, MIT

Turk courts tapping decision to extend to police, MIT

Turkey's Supreme Court's decision --overruling another court decision which allowed gendarmerie forces to tap all communication in the country-- would cover also the police and the National Intelligence Agency, the Justice Minister said Thursday.

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Turkey's Supreme Court cancelled on Wednesday the High Criminal Court's decision which gives authority for country-wide monitoring to the Turkish gendarme forces, saying no institutions can be given an authority that covers monitoring in the entire country.

"I think that the decision by the Supreme Court was quite extensive. My personal view is that the decision will cover the National Intelligence Organization and police, too," Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin was quoted by the Anatolian Agency.

The Supreme Court’s decision came after the Justice Ministry's objection to gendarme’s authorization, when the criminal court authorized the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) and the gendarmerie to tap all phone, SMS and email traffic.

Interior Minister Besir Atalay said on Thursday the Supreme Court's decision outlawing the unrestricted authorization to communication monitoring was important for officials to act within the boundaries of the law, the Anatolian Agency reported.

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"Therefore I respect the decision," Atalay added.     


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