Prosecutors Call for Removal of Deputy’s Immunity

ISTANBUL (Reuter)Istanbul prosecutors investigating two Turkish government deputies at the center of a security scandal have recommended that their parliamentary immunity be lifted–Anatolian news agency said Tuesday.

Justice Minister Sevket Kazan said last month that he would approve any request by the prosecutor’s office to lift the immunity of the two deputies–who the local media allege worked together with a fugitive right-wing gangster.

The report–presented to the ministry–recommen’s that the immunity of former interior minister–Mehmet Agar and Sedat Bucak–Kurdish leader of a militia that fights separatist Kurdish rebels–be lifted for forming organizations with the aim of committing crimes," Anatolian said.

Agar–who resigned in the wake of the scandal–has been accused by the media of involvement in the disappearance of a secret service officer and supplying police documen’s to fugitive gangster Abdullah Catli.

Bucak allegedly provided shelter to Catli–wanted in Turkey for alleged involvement in the killing of a group of leftists in the late 1970s.

Bucak–Catli and a top policeman were traveling together in a car that crashed in November– killing everyone but Bucak and setting off a stream investigations by the Turkish parliament and prosecutors.

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