Turk court refuses release of jailed opposition MPs

June 28, 2011 12:02

ISTANBUL - A Turkish court rejected an appeal on Tuesday for the release of two detained opposition politicians, effectively barring them from taking their seats in parliament, Turkish media reported.

The ruling, and legal challenges to other opposition candidates, have thrown a shadow over this month's parliamentary election and a swearing-in ceremony that was due to take place in Ankara later on Tuesday.

The two members of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) -- journalist Mustafa Balbay and doctor Mehmet Haberal -- were detained on suspicion of belonging to a secret network planning to topple the government.

They stood in the June 12 poll, despite remaining in detention, and won their seats.

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