Turkish court to decide whether to hear case for ban on ruling party

Members of Turkey's top court are expected to decide whether to hear a case for a ban on Turkey's Islamic-rooted ruling party. The 11-member Constitutional Court is scheduled to convene Monday to discuss the argument for the dissolution of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party on grounds that it is trying to scrap secular principles enshrined in the country's constitution. Turkey's chief prosecutor asked on March 14 for the Justice and Development Party to be shut down, accusing it of "being (the) focal point of anti-secular activities." The court's rapporteur sent his assessment of the complaint to the judges last week, suggesting that the court hear the case but ask the prosecutor's office to provide more evidence.