Turkish Constitutional Court annuls ombudsman law in EU setback .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} Turkey's top court Thursday annulled an ombudsman law designed to hold public authorities to account, an important part of reforms demanded by the European Union, news agencies reported.

The constitutional court said their judges unanimously cancelled the law on Thursday in a case brought before the by Turkey’s former president, Ahmet Necdet Sezer in 2006.
A court official confirmed the court's ruling to Reuters on Friday and said details would be published at a later date. A separate source also confirmed the ruling to Hurriyet Daily News Online.
EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn previously expressed regret that implementation of the ombudsman law had been blocked by the court, saying it was important in keeping public authorities accountable and enhancing citizens' rights.
Rehn said last weekend that Turkey must overcome internal divisions and return to long-delayed reforms early next year to show it is serious about joining the EU.
Turkey began membership negotiations in 2005 but has made slow progress. A lack of appetite for enlargement among EU states and Turkish domestic political distractions have undermined momentum in the accession process.