Turkey's Erdogan criticises court ruling lifting Twitter ban

ISTANBUL Fri Apr 4, 2014 3:09am EDT

1 of 2. A Turkish national flag with the word 'offline' projected on it, is seen through a Twitter logo in this photo illustration taken in Zenica, March 21, 2014.

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Friday criticized a constitutional court ruling lifting a ban on Twitter, saying the court should have rejected an application to restore access to the micro-blogging site.

"We complied with the ruling but I do not respect it," Erdogan told reporters at a news conference before departing on a trip to Azerbaijan. "It should have been rejected on procedural grounds."

Access to Twitter was blocked on March 21 in the run-up to local elections and Turkey's telecoms authority lifted the two-week-old ban on Thursday after the court ruled the block breached freedom of expression.

(Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Nick Tattersall and Catherine Evans)

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