People wait at the entrance of the Silivri prison complex, near Istanbul, Turkey January 11, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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Turkey's deputy prime minister Friday slammed as "wrong" a ruling by the Constitutional Court that two veteran writers arrested in the wake of the failed coup should walk free as their rights had been violated.Rights campaigners hoped the Constitutional court ruling could set a major legal precedent and help could help dozens of other journalists arrested in the crackdown.Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag accused the Constitutional Court of exceeding its powers by acting as a top court of appeal.The Constitutional Court, Turkey's top court, is one of the very few public institutions in Turkey not controlled by Erdogan who enjoys the support of armed forces, parliament and government.The Istanbul courts said that the men could not be released as Constitutional Court had not formally communicated its rationale.
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