TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON APRIL 6

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on April 6, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON APRIL 6

TURKIYE
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PERION OF "I RELY ON JUSTICE" SHOULD COME BACK
Turkish Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) chairperson Umit Boyner said justice was used as a political tool by some jurists.
"Justice and jurisdiction, where Turkey fell behind the most in the EU process, became an arena for political parties to settle their accounts," Boyner said.
She said progress of a society which lost trust in justice was difficult.

NUMBER OF ARTICLES RISES TO 30 IN PACKAGE
Justice & Development (AK) Party put an end to the discussions on the signature crisis with the constitutional amendments package. As 50 parliamentarians withdrew their signatures, the former proposal lost its validity.
Number of changes in the package increased from 29 to 30 in the new package which was submitted to the parliament with 265 signatures.

THREE GOLD MEDALS FROM NURCAN
Turkey's Nurcan Taylan competing in women's 48 kg category became champion by winning three gold medals in European Weighlifting Championships in Belarus.
Taylan lifted 118 kg in clean and jerk and broke European record.

ZAMAN
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ERDOGAN: VISA BETWEEN TURKEY AND RUSSIA MAY BE LIBERALIZED IN MAY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Russian President Dmitriy Anatolyevich Medvedev and he would "most likely sign a high level cooperation agreement" during Medvedev's visit to Turkey in May. "The visa between Turkey and Russia may be liberalized in May," Erdogan said.

TUBITAK BEGINS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR TURKISH SCIENTISTS LIVING OVERSEAS
The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) began a scholarship program for Turkish scientists living overseas. TUBITAK is planning to reverse the brain drain. TUBITAK will provide a monthly scholarship of at least 2,750 Turkish liras for those scientists willing to conduct researches in Turkey.

YENI SAFAK
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STRIKE ON BALYOZ
The 3rd "Balyoz" wave began on Monday morning. Within the scope of "Balyoz (Sledgehammer) Operation Plan" investigation, a decision on detention of 95 people was made but Istanbul Chief Prosecutor Aykut Cengiz Engin stopped the investigation and discharged two prosecutors who conducted it.

STOCK MARKET BREAKS RECORD
Turkish stock market main index closed at 58,896 points on Monday, hitting its all time high level at closing. The National-100 index, benchmark index of Istanbul Stock Exchange, jumped above 58,000 points for the first time after 30 months. The last time the index saw such a high closing was in 2007. On November 1, 2007, the index had closed at 58,231.9 points.
 

VATAN
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WARNING FOR FAIR TRIAL
Chairperson of the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) Umit Boyner said that the field in which Turkey lagged behind in the EU harmonization process was the legal one. Deputy Chairperson of TUSIAD, Haluk Dincer, said that the delayed trial period was a violation of the right for speedy and fair trial.

RAIN ON WAY
A cold weather front from the Balkans will affect daily life in Turkey as of Tuesday. According to Turkish Weather Service, most parts of Turkey will receive rainfall as of Tuesday. Temperatures in most part of the country will go down 6-8 degrees Celsius.

CUMHURIYET
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CONFUSION IN BALYOZ
As two different decisions of the same court in three days interval was under discussion, prosecutors who initiated the third wave were removed from office.
Turkey has started the week with the judicial problem experienced in investigation into "Balyoz Security Operation Plan".
A new operation has been launched on Monday within the scope of the investigation following re-arrest decision for the 21 military personnel released by Istanbul High Criminal Court.
Specially authorized prosecutors Mehmet Berk and Bilal Bayraktar, who carried out the investigation, decided on detention of 95 people. 86 military personnel, 70 of them on active duty, were detained in 14 provinces.
In the evening hours, Istanbul Chief Prosecutor Aykut Engin removed Berk and Bayraktar from office as his order "any detention decision should not be taken without my approval" was not abided by.
They were replaced by prosecutors Murat Yonder and Mehmet Ergul. An interval has been given to the operation to give time to the new prosecutors to examine the file.

TURKISH PEOPLE CAN NOT EARN THEIR LIVING
According to the data of "Life Satisfaction Survey 2009" of the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat), 36 percent of people go on their living hardly, 16.9 percent could go on their living very hardly.
Rate of those who said their earnings could easily meet the needs of their family was only 1.6 percent.
Rate of those who said their needs were met in the "medium level" was 35.5 percent.

RADIKAL
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CHIEF PROSECUTOR REMOVES TWO PROSECUTORS FROM OFFICE
Within the scope of "Balyoz (Sledgehammer) Operation Plan" investigation, the biggest detention wave in 14 provinces was launched as of Monday morning. The number of people who were detained in the investigation has exceeded 70. But the big operation was stopped in the evening. Istanbul Chief Prosecutor Aykut Cengiz Engin removed prosecutors Bilal Bayraktar and Mehmet Berk, who conducted the "Balyoz" probe, from office.

BOYNER: "THERE IS NEED FOR URGENT LAW REFORM"
Umit Boyner, chairperson of the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD), said that there was need for urgent reforms in the judicial system during the country's EU accession process. Boyner said some jurists used the laws as a political tool.
 

HURRIYET
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ISTANBUL CHIEF PROSECUTOR DISCHARGES TWO PROSECUTORS
Istanbul Chief Prosecutor Aykut Cengiz Engin stopped 3rd Balyoz (Sledgehammer) Operation under which former National Security Board Secretary General retired gen. Sukru Sariisik and former commander of Haydarpasa GATA retired gen. Tuncay Cakan were detained. Engin discharged the two prosecutors who ordered 95 detentions and replaced them with two new prosecutors.

GOLDEN GIRL
Turkey's Nurcan Taylan competing in women's 48 kg category in the European Weightlifting Championships in Minsk of Belarus, became the European champion. Taylan won three gold medals in the championship by lifting 90 kg in snatch, 108 kg in clean and jerk and 208 kg in total in the European Weightlifting Championships. Turkey's Saziye Okur competing in the same category won two bronze medals.

MILLIYET
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THEY HAVE SET A TRAP FOR ME IN VAN
Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Deniz Baykal said he was sure that the attack against him with eggs in eastern province of Van was organized by MP Huseyin Celik of the Justice & Development (AK) Party and he also thought that some policemen were involved.
Baykal said somebody with the Police Department called them and said, "the (Baykal's) bus can not turn that corner because that street is very narrow. So get Baykal out of the bus and walk to the hall. But I did not get out of the car."
"When we arrived there, our bus easily turned the corner which they said we could not turn. We saw protestors waiting with parcels of eggs. The eggs would be thrown at us if we had got out of the bus. They threw the eggs at the bus."

BALYOZ BATTLES
A shocking development took place in Balyoz probe that turned into a dizzying situation with arrests and releases.
Istanbul Chief Prosecutor Aykut Engin removed from office the two prosecutors who decided on detention of 86 military personnel, 16 of them were retired.
As Turkey was talking on rearrest decision on April 4 for 19 people who were released on March 31 and April 1, a shocking development occurred.
Specially authorized prosecutors Mehmet Berk, Ali Haydar, Suleymen Pehlivan and Bilal Bayraktar gave orders for the detention of 86 military personnel, 70 of them are on active duty, in 21 provinces.
As the biggest wave of Balyoz continued, Chief Prosecutor Engin removed Bayraktar and Berk from office in the evening hours.
Acting Chief Prosecutor Colakkadi said, "this is something in our authority."

SABAH
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MAY 1 CELEBRATIONS AT TAKSIM SQUARE
Turkish labor unions have agreed to hold May 1 (Labor Day) celebrations at north-western province of Istanbul's Taksim Square in 2010. Taksim Square was closed to Labor Day celebrations for many years. The unions will also hold celebrations in major provinces throughout Turkey.

TURKEY WILL GROW 6 P.C. IN 2010, ZACHAU
World Bank Turkey Director Ulrich Zachau said that Turkey would grow 6 percent in the year 2010. "The official expectation for Turkey's growth rate in 2010 is 3.5 percent. I can not imagine that Turkey's growth rate in 2010 would be less than 4.5 percent. If certain things do not go wrong, I expect Turkey's growth rate to be 6 percent in 2010," Zachau said.
 

 

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