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MPs to discuss amendment to military law

Conscientious objector activists will meet in front of the TRNC Parliament on Tuesday, after Monday’s planned debate on an amendment to the military law was cancelled due to lack of quorum.

MPs to discuss amendment to military law

Photo: Kerem Hasan

Parliamentarians are set to discuss the draft amendment that envisages a legal framework for conscientious objectors .

Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman announced on Friday that the amendment was to be discussed, following a military court hearing at which a conscientious objector who refused to attend his annual military service “refresher” day has been ordered to pay 2,000TL or face 20 days’ imprisonment — and has vowed to serve time rather than pay up.

More than 100 people gathered outside the military court in Lefkoşa on Thursday to support Halil Karapaşaoğlu, who was found guilty on four counts and given until noon on January 14 to pay the fine.

Members of the Conscientious Objectors group will gather in front of Parliament on Tuesday between 1pm and 2pm.

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