Turkish prosecutor launches probe into ex-CHP deputy’s anti-headscarf remarks

The Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office has launched an investigation into a former Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker for inciting public hatred following the ex-official’s recent anti-headscarf comments, reports said Monday.
The remarks were made during a TV appearance by ex-main opposition deputy Fikri Sağlar, who claimed that wearing a headscarf affects the impartiality of judges.
“I have suspicions about the judge’s justice when I appear before a headscarf-wearing judge. Some of them have a rather militant and ideological stance, this must be fought,” Sağlar said during the broadcast.
Headscarves were previously banned by law, but the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) changed the regulation on June 1, 2015, allowing female judges wearing headscarves to conduct hearings.

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