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Turkish Parliament to Debate Law on Spy Testimony, Hurriyet Says

February 15, 2012

Feb. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Turkey’s parliament will start debate tomorrow on a proposal that would require prosecutors seeking to investigate intelligence officials to get approval from the prime minister, Hurriyet reported.

The justice committee in the Ankara parliament approved the draft law after a nine-hour debate yesterday, with opposition lawmakers saying it is aimed at covering up crimes, the Istanbul-based newspaper reported.

The bill was submitted after Hakan Fidan, the head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization, defied a special prosecutor’s request that he testify in a probe into the urban arm of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

--Editors: Ben Holland, Karl Maier.

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