Şahin faces motion in Parliament .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;} ANKARA - The main opposition party submitted a motion to Parliament against Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Şahin that accused him of malpractice in illegal wiretappings and the arrests of those involved in the Lighthouse e.V. case.

The Justice Ministry violated the law by allowing its inspectors to wiretap prosecutors despite the code of Criminal Procedure and the ministries’ circulars, which removed the unrestricted wiretapping law as of July 24, read the motion, signed by Republican People’s Party, or CHP, deputies Kemal Anadol, Hakkı Süha Okay and Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.

"The ministry let the basic rights of people, which were safeguarded by the Constitution, be violated and put 70 million citizens under suspicion with its implementation," it read. "The ministerial bureaucracy had never been used so strongly as a vehicle to put pressure on prosecutors before Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Şahin’s tenure." The motion said judicial independence and personal freedom were in danger in a country where nobody knew how many prosecutors had been wiretapped.

The motion also stated that Şahin appeared to have taken a side in the Lighthouse e.V. case with his statements and approach.