Top Turkish judge warns of judiciary becoming 'instrument of revenge'

February 10, 2015 12:41 PM

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ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's top judge warned on Tuesday that the country's judiciary could become an "instrument of revenge" in the hands of political authorities, after government-backed candidates strengthened their grip on key courts.

Elections to judicial bodies appeared to strengthen President Tayyip Erdogan's drive to curb the judiciary's power and purge it of the influence of an Islamic cleric he accuses of trying to topple him with a manufactured graft scandal.

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