Yalçınkaya to argue AK Party closure at court

The Supreme Court of Appeals chief prosecutor will make a verbal statement at the Constitutional Court on Tuesday in a closure case he filed against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

In the ongoing case against the AK Party, Chief Prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalçınkaya will give his verbal defense at the Constitutional Court on Tuesday at 11 a.m. The AK Party will present its verbal defense on Thursday.

After this process is completed, the Constitutional Court rapporteur will compile the evidence and statements and prepare his report on the content of the case. Both the AK Party and Yalçınkaya will be able to submit additional evidence to the Constitutional Court in order to support their arguments while the rapporteur is preparing his report. After the report is complete it will be submitted to the 11 members of the high court, and Constitutional Court President Haşim Kılıç will determine a meeting date for the case.
The 11 members of the Constitutional Court will come to a decision on the AK Party closure case during this meeting; if any of the 11 members does not attend they will be replaced by the senior of the four substitute members of the court. According to the Constitution, in order for the Constitutional Court to ban the AK Party it needs the approval of a qualified majority, namely seven out of its 11 members. The Constitutional Court can either close the party or deprive it partially or completely from receiving Treasury funds.