New bill replacing state of emergency security measures introduced

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The Justice and Development Party (AKP) introduced a new bill in Parliament on Monday that replaced security measures enforced during a soon-to-end state of emergency, the NTV news website reported.

According to the bill governors will be authorized to ban people who are considered to be disturbing the public order from entering or leaving designated city locations for up to 15 days.

Governors will also be able to ban public gatherings and to reorganize traffic zones on security concerns. Additionally, they will have the authority to prohibit gun ownership for specified individuals and the transportation of guns.

The bill regulates the length of detention for suspects accused of organized crime to four days, a reduction from the seven-day limit under the state of emergency, before which it was two days.

Another regulation the bill foresees is that with a court order or a condition deemed an emergency regarding security measures the military is authorized to search a suspect’s person, car, documents and belongings.

On Monday Turkey’s Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül said the state of emergency will end within a few days, on July 19.

“However, ending the state of emergency should not be deemed as ending the struggle [against terrorism],” Gül said according to the Hürriyet Daily News.

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