TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 12

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on February 12, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 12

TURKIYE
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163 SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN BALYOZ CASE
The court made a shocking decision in the "coup plan case." The court arrested 133 suspects including retired force commanders Ibrahim Firtina and Ozden Ornek. The court also issued arrest warrant for a total of 30 suspects including retired 1st Army commander Cetin Dogan.

HERE'S THE REPORT THAT ROCKED CYPRUS
The report prepared by Halil Ibrahim Akca, who has been managing Turkey's financial assistance for the last eight years, revealed why he has been announced the "persona non grata."
Here are some headlines from Akca's report:
- Governments are responsible for the current account deficit.
- It would not be correct for Turkey to finance the deficit.
- Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) must pay the price of its faults.
- An immediate discipline of TRNC economy is a must.
- Turkey's policies must be implemented.
- The price of TRNC's faults cannot be paid by Turkey.

ZAMAN
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163 PEOPLE ARRESTED
The court arrested 133 current and former military officers including retired Gen. Ibrahim Firtina, former commander of the Air Forces, and retired Admiral Ozden Ornek, former commander of the Naval Forces, over alleged coup plans known publicly as "Balyoz (Sledgehammer)". The court also issued warrants for the arrests of 29 other officers. Several documents which were confiscated during a search in navy headquarters, were accepted as evidence.

TENDER FOR THIRD BRIDGE
The Supreme Planning Council approved construction of a third bridge over the Istanbul Strait. Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim said that the tender could be held in February for the third bridge.

HABERAL TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER HOSPITAL
Mehmet Haberal, one of suspects of the Ergenekon case, has been transferred to another hospital after 21 months. Doctors from the Institute of Forensic Medicine ruled that Haberal had not been in life-threatening condition. Meanwhile, Haberal's nurse and guards were detained.

YENI SAFAK
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HABERAL'S HOLIDAY ENDS
Doctors from the Institute of Forensic Medicine checked Mehmet Haberal, one of suspects of the Ergenekon case, and ruled that he had not been in life-threatening condition. Haberal was transferred to another medical institution from his five-star hospital room after 22 months. An officer, a nurse and two hospital attendants were detained.

KOBE IN KITCHEN FOR THY
Kobe Bryant, three-time winner of the NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player award, shot a commercial for the Turkish Airlines after being chosen as the new global brand promotion envoy of the company. Kobe acted as a chef in the commercial.

VATAN
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ARRESTED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Prosecutor Savas Kirbas asked the court to arrest 186 suspects of a total of 196 suspects in Balyoz (Sledgehammer) case, including retired generals Cetin Dogan, Ibrahim Firtina and Ozden Ornek as well as several other officers on active duty, on the grounds of documents found at Navy headquarters in Golcuk. Head of the court warned suspects not to leave the court room. Doors were closed. Decision on arrest was announced five hours later. Suspects and their relatives showed reaction to the decision. Families started to sing military marches.
Retired commanders have been sent to the prison in Silivri. Next hearing will be held on March 14.

"HEADSCARVED CANDIDATES UNLIKELY"
Huseyin Celik, Deputy Chairman of the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party who is also the party spokesman, spoke to Vatan. He said, "AK Party group passed the hardest test at the voting for constitutional amendments, we will not be toppled easily."
On presidential system, Celik said, "it is not a taboo to discuss it. My personal view is; there are serious difficulties of shift to presidential system."
On Cyprus, he said: "We paid prices and we will continue to pay. Growth of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is close to China's."
"Headscarved candidates in parliamentary elections is unlikely in today's agenda," he added.

CUMHURIYET
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163 MILITARY PERSONNEL ARRESTED
Prosecutor Savci Kirbas asked the court to arrest suspects in Balyoz case on the grounds of new evidences found at Navy headquarters in Golcuk. Chief judge announced the court decision to arrest 163 suspects. Arrested military personnel sang a military march altogether.

GIANT DEFICIT
Current account deficit continued to grow on domestic demand and rising foreign trade deficit. Current deficit reached 48.56 billion USD in 2010, higher than government's target of 39.3 billion USD in the medium-term program.

RADIKAL
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MOST POWERFUL "BALYOZ"
The court decided to jail 163 current and former military officers over alleged coup plans known publicly as "Balyoz (Sledgehammer)". The arrestees include retired Gen. Ibrahim Firtina, former commander of the Air Forces, and retired Admiral Ozden Ornek, former commander of the Naval Forces. When security forces closed all courthouse doors and detained the defendants, the arrestees began chanting a military song to protest the court's decision.

TENDER FOR THIRD BRIDGE
Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim said that a tender would be held for the third bridge to be constructed in the Istanbul Strait. Yildirim said that works had been under way for the tender and it could take place in February.

FRIGHTENING CURRENT ACCOUNTS DEFICIT
The Central Bank said that Turkey's current accounts deficit rose 247.1 percent in 2010. The current accounts deficit increased to 48.56 billion USD in 2010 from 13.9 billion USD in 2009.

HURRIYET
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163 PEOPLE ARRESTED
The court have ruled during a hearing that 163 people including retired Gen. Ibrahim Firtina, former commander of the Air Forces, and retired Admiral Ozden Ornek, former commander of the Naval Forces, must be jailed pending the outcome of their trial on charges of plotting to overthrow the government. 163 people were arrested. The court issued warrants for the arrests of 29 other officers. Security forces immediately closed all courthouse doors and detained the defendants. The arrestees began chanting a military song to protest the court's decision.

AUTOMOTIVE MARKET BREAKS A NEW RECORD
Production by the automotive sector increased 137 percent to 29,868 in January 2011 from 12,594 in January 2010. The automotive market grew 125 percent to 47,343 from 21,050 in the same period. Sales in light commercial vehicles rose 99 percent to 15,000. Accordingly, the sector reached its highest figures in the last ten years.

MILLIYET
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ARRESTED
Shocking news in Balyoz (Sledgehammer) case. Prosecutors asked the court to arrest suspects, saying, "documents found at the Navy headquarters are new evidences." The court decided to arrest 163 officers, including former Navy Commander Ozden Ornek and Air Force Commander Ibrahim Firtina. The court also issued arrest warrant for retired generals Ergin Saygun, Cetin Dogan and Nejat Bek.

"INCREDIBLE VIOLENCE"
Turkey unveiled its final report on the Israeli attack on Gaza-bound aid ship Mavi Marmara. The report said, "Israeli soldiers used totally unnecessary and incredible violence."
Turkey repeated its demand for an apology and compensation.

"GOVERNOR WITH A WHIP"
Turkey appointed Halil Ibrahim Akca as the new ambassador in Lefkosa, a move which caused a shock in the island. Turkish Cypriot press said, "Erdogan punished North Cyprus", while Greek Cypriot newspapers wrote "Governor with a whip to the North."

SABAH
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SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN BALYOZ
Shocking news: An Istanbul court accepted a request by prosecutors and arrested 163 suspects of the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) case. Arrested suspects include former force commanders Ozden Ornek and Ibrahim Firtina, former 1st Army commander Cetin Dogan and retired general Engin Alan.

"SHIFT TO DEMOCRACY SHOULD BE ENSURED"
Turkey made statements right after Hosni Mubarak stepped down. Prime Ministry said, "the military council must hand over the duty to an administration to come to power by elections as soon as possible."
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, "a system that could meet demands of the people should be created."

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