FRENCH ADMIRE GAZIANTEP
French daily Le Figaro wrote that Turkey's southeastern Gaziantep province had made a remarkable move after the lifting of visas between Turkey and Syria. The paper said that Gaziantep, which was a leading exporter to Europe and the Middle East, had turned into the driving engine of the region.
HEINOUS CAMPAIGN IN USA
An advertisement featured in Metro New York, a freesheet tabloid published for New York metropolitan area, claimed that Turkish carmaker Karsan, which is one of the three companies that made it to the final in the New York taxicab competition, had commercial ties with Iran. The ad, placed by the association "United Against Nuclear Iran", criticized Karsan and Japanese firm Nissan for doing business with Iran. The advertisement comprises of a cartoon showing the Iranian president and Uncle Sam sitting in the front seat of a yellow New York cab and asks "Which company should be making NYC's Taxi of Tomorrow?".
30-YEAR-OLD OXYGEN TANKS FOUND UNDER RUBBLE
In the criminal investigation of the evidence collected after two blasts in OSTIM and Ivedik industrial zones in Ankara which killed 20 people, experts found pieces of oxygen tanks dating to 1981. Experts said the expiry date of those tanks was five years.
JUDICIAL REFORM PASSED FROM PARLIAMENT
Parliament adopted a bill to ease the burden of high judicial organs. With the law, the number of Supreme Court departments were raised to 38 from 32, and the number of Council of State departments rose to 15 from 13. The Supreme Court will have 137 new members, and the Council of State will have 61 new members.
EXECUTED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET
Arzu Yıldırım (33) who recently got a divorce was shot dead in the middle of a street in Umraniye, Istanbul.
The young woman apparently filed a criminal complaint two days ago at the Prosecutor's Office, saying that she received a death threat. Ten bullet wounds were found on Yildirim's body, who had two kids.
THIRD ACQUIITTAL FOR PINAR SELEK
Sociologist Pinar Selek, whose two acquittals in the case for the explosion at the Misir Bazaar --where 7 people were killed and 127 others were wounded-- were overruled by the Supreme Court, was acquiited for a third time.
12th Heavy Penal Court insisted on its acquittal decision against the Supreme Court's 9th Penal Chamber which asked Selek to be tried with life sentence.
The acquittal decision received standing applause from the audience at the court room. Supreme Court's Grand Chamber will have the final say about Selek.
RAPISTS SHOULD BE CASTRATED
The bill increasing the sentences to be given against sexual crimes, drafted by two female lawmakers from the Justice and Development (AK) Party, was submitted to the Turkish Parliament. The bill brings "chemical castration", which lowers sexual urges. According to the bill, those who are sentenced to prison for sexual assault or sexually abusing children, will go under a treatment that will lower testosterone levels, while they are serving a sentence or they are on parole.
The bill also increases sentences for sexual crimes. The sentences for sexually abusing children under 12, is being increased to 40 years. No complaint will be pre-required for prosecution against incest cases. Victims of rape will be presumed to be traumatized.
ANTI-IRAN CAMPAIGN AGAINST KARSAN IN NEW YORK
A smear campaign was launched in the U.S. against, Karsan --which made it to the final round in the New York Taxi-Cab tender-- based on alleged ties with Iran. Karsan which sold 1000 J9 minibuses to Iran in 2008, said, "we no more have ties with Iran. It will not effect the tender."
LET US TALK ABOUT DEMOCRACY
Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu commented on the developments in Tunisia and Egypt during his meeting with a group of journalists from Middle Eastern countries. "Instead of intervening in democratic transformation moves from outside, freedom and democracy demands for such countries should be voiced in a louder way," Kilicdaroglu said during the meeting. The chairman also noted that he would soon pay a visit to Iraq.
RAPISTS TO BE CASTRATED
A draft law prepared by Justice and Development (AK) Party calls for an increase in penalties for sexual crimes. Accordingly, testosterone hormone levels of rapists of children will be reduced and such criminals will be castrated. Moreover, sexual abuse will be considered an "offense" and victims of sexual assault will be considered to have suffered mental disorder. However, the new regulation may be beneficial for former Vakit daily writer Huseyin Uzmez who was sentenced to 13 years for sexually abusing a minor.
Hope for "Mothers of Saturday": The parliament will investigate people who have gone missing under detention. The mothers of such people have staged demonstrations for hundreds of weeks. All they wanted was a brief information about their missing relatives. In tears, they told their stories to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday. Erdogan was surprised to hear that some people went missing during the rule of his Justice & Development (AK) Party. However, the good news came on Wednesday: The parliament set up a committee. The priority is the recent missing person, Tolga Baykal Ceylan. Ceylan went missing in Igneada, where he went to a vacation in 2004. He was a student at Istanbul Technical University. His mother applied to the parliament twice in the last seven years, however she could not get any outcome.
LINE HAS NOT BEEN CUT
It has been revealed that Erhan Tuncel, who has been accused of being "the inciter" in journalist Hrant Dink murder, continued to communicate with the police till two weeks before the murder. Police had announced that it cut connection with Tuncel, whom they used as an informer, on November 23, 2006. However, according to recent records, police contacted Tuncel till January 6, 2007.
DOES THIS SUIT YOU, MR. PROFESSOR?
Professor Dr. Mehmet Emin Ozdogan, a heart surgeon at Ankara's Gazi University Faculty of Medicine, was detained when he was taking 5,000 Euro from his patient for a surgery. In a petition a retired civil servant with initials H.K. gave to the Health Ministry, the patient wrote that Prof. Ozdogan demanded 25,000 Turkish liras (TL) for a by-pass surgery although he was a member of the Social Security Agency (SGK) system. The patient claimed the professor and he bargained and the professor reduced this amount to 5,000 Euro.
Ankara Chief Prosecutor's Office intervened, and H.K. went to Ozdogan's office in the hospital on February 4 together with two police officers, and gave 5,000 Euro. Ozdogan was detained as he got the money, however he was released pending trial.
"NO VISA" TO GERMANY DECISION
Germany's Munich Administrative Court ruled that Turks were exempt from tourist visa. The court upheld that Turks can enter Germany without a visa to get and give services and stay in Germany without visa for up to three months. The court kept visits to relatives living in Germany outside the scope of this decision.
SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE TO WEAR DIFFERENT UNIFORMS
A bill presented to the parliament detailed the rights of professional soldiers who will replace anti-terror units in the Southeastern Anatolia Region. The uniforms and ranks of contracted privates will be different from those who serve their compulsory military service. The professional soldiers will stay in barracks and have 45 days of leave a year.
301 INTERROGATION AGAINST BATUM
Zonguldak Chief Prosecutor's Office asked permission from the Justice Ministry to launch an interrogation under Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code against CHP's Deputy Chairman Suheyl Batum who said the Turkish military was like a paper tiger. The Article 301, under which many celebrities like Hrant Dink, Orhan Pamuk and Elif Safak was tried, with 6 months to 2 years of imprisonment, was eased in 2008 because it was seen as an obstacle before freedom of expression, and was tied to the permission of the Minister of Justice.
3rd ACQUITTAL FOR PINAR SELEK
Sociologist Pinar Selek, who is tried in connection with the the explosion at the Misir Bazaar, was acquitted for the third time by the 12th Heavy Penal Code. The court whose decision was overruled two times by the Supreme Court once again insisted on the acquittal decision but said it could not insist on the decision again in the case of a third overrule. If the prosecutors appeal the decision at the Supreme Court, Grand Penal Chamber will hear the appeal.
OUR POLICEMEN ARE PIONEERS OF CHANGE, ERDOGAN
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with police officers who wanted to thank him for the recently adopted law exempting police officers (with 10 years experience) from military service. "Our Police Department is not the guardian of the status quo, but it is the pioneer of change. The department is the defender of an advanced democracy, not a totalitarian structure," Erdogan said at the gathering.
PARLIAMENT APPROVES JUDICIARY REFORM
According to the new law approved by the Turkish parliament, the number of chambers at the Council of State has been raised from 13 to 15, while the number of law chambers within the Supreme Court of Appeals has increased from 21 to 23 and its penal chambers from 11 to 15. The law also increases the number of members of the Supreme Court of Appeals from 250 to 387 and members of the Council of State from 95 to 156.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Şubat 2011, 09:59