TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 13

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on January 13, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 13

TURKIYE
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WE KNOW WHAT A MONUMENT IS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that 48-meter (humanity) monument (in the eastern province of Kars) overshadowed the magnificence of historical Seyyit Hassan el Harkani Mosque in the city. Erdogan said, "I warned the mayor when the construction of the monument began. Natural & Cultural Heritage Preservation Agency also decided to destroy the monument." Erdogan also reacted strongly to accusations towards him for being an enemy of art. He said, "it is not necessary to graduate from Fine Arts. We know what a monument is. I worked as a mayor for 4.5 years and as a prime minister for 7.5 years. I have never destroyed a single statue or a work of art."

RED NOTICE FOR DALAN
Istanbul 13th Heavy Criminal Court, which hears "action plan on fight against fundamentalism", decided to issue a warrant of arrest for escapee suspect Bedrettin Dalan, founder of Yeditepe University, with red notice.

ZAMAN
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THIS TIME PEOPLE WILL MAKE CONSTITUTION
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who proceeded to Qatar from Kuwait in the last day of his Gulf tour, made important statements on many issues. Commenting on release of Hezbollah members, which caused public reaction, Erdogan said, "it is not the disposition of the government, but the jurisdiction."
Erdogan said elections would take place in June, adding that the government would include the new constitution into the agenda after the elections. He said they were waiting for contributions from all segments of the society.

STATE MONOPOLY TO BE REMOVED ON RAILWAYS
Transportation Ministry is getting ready for an arrangement that will put an end to the 154 years monopoly of state on railways. From now on, private sector will be able to carry cargo and passenger. They could also operate high speed train.

YENI SAFAK
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OUR PEOPLE WILL MAKE CONSTITUTION
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made public the road map regarding new constitution initiatives to be launched after the general elections in the summer of 2011. Erdogan said, "we will ensure the widest participation, and our people will prepare the new constitution." Erdogan said the government would pursue a different method than that during the September 12 referendum process. He said, "constitution experts will not prepare this constitution. The non-governmental organizations, youth and women movements, unions and social scientists will make it. Thus, the society will not need a translator to understand the new constitution."

YOU KNOW WELL ABOUT ALLOCATING MONEY
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), has claimed that the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party allocated money to the Yeni Safak daily newspaper. However, the fact that Kilicdaroglu funded CHP's unofficial channel Halk TV was proved. CHP allocated 690,000 Turkish liras (TL) to the Halk TV during the referendum process.
 

VATAN
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GHOST RIDER IN CAPPADOCIA
Oscar winner Nicolas Cage arrived in Turkey together with his wife and child for the shooting of "Ghost Rider 2". Cage said in Ataturk International Airport, "I am happy to be in this beautiful country". Eva Mendes is also playing in the movie. Final scenes of the movie will be shot in Cappadocia and Pamukkale. The shooting will continue till February 5. 400 Turkish figurants are playing in the movie.

'GOOD CONDUCT ABATEMENT' IN SENTENCE OF HEZBOLLAH MEMBERS
It was revealed that the sentence of Hezbollah members --who were tried for 181 murders-- was abated due their good conduct at court. Diyarbakir 6th Heavy Criminal Court, at first, sentenced Hezbollah members --who killed their victims with hogtie-- with aggravated life imprisonment. Then, the court altered the sentence to life imprisonment due to good conduct of suspects during hearings.

RED NOTICE FOR DALAN
Istanbul 13th Heavy Criminal Court, which hears "action plan on fight against fundamentalism" case, issued a warrant of arrest with red notice for Bedrettin Dalan who went abroad 27 months ago. Dalan, who left Turkey on October 24, 2008 before Ergenekon operation, will be captured in the country he was seen, and extradited to Turkey.

CUMHURIYET
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CHAOS LAW IN JURISDICTION
The bill on operation principle of Constitutional Court includes arrangements that do not exist in any EU country. Although it is against the Constitution, executive and legislative powers may give suggestions and recommendations to jurisdiction according to the bill. High Court will ask for "views" from Parliamentary chairmanship and Prime Ministry in annulment suits.
Under the bill which brings super authorities to Constitutional Court Chief, the High Court will be able to revoke decisions of Supreme Court of Appeals and Council of State.
Ways for European Court of Human Rights will also be closed.

RED BULLETIN AGAINST DALAN
Request of Colonel Dursun Cicek, the suspect of case on "Action Plan on Fight Against Fundamentalism", was rejected despite the opposing vote of Chairperson Sengun.
It was revealed that the e-mail sent to police department before arrest of Cicek was from Amsterdam. Authorities have decided to issue an international arrest warrant for former Istanbul mayor Bedrettin Dalan, who is a fugitive suspect of the case.

RADIKAL
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I FORGIVE MURDERER OF MY ELDER BROTHER
Brother of Halit Gungen, who was killed by Cemal Tutar that escaped after he had been released from prison, said, "I forgive the murderer of my elder brother thinking that he has changed in ten years." Suleyman Cihangiroglu has even changed his surname due to intensive pressure after his elder brother journalist Halit Gungen was killed by Hizbullah terrorist organization. In February 1992, Cemal Tutar killed 2000'e Dogru magazine's reporter Gungen after Gungen wrote a news story titled "Hizbullah is being trained in rapid deployment force headquarters." Cihangiroglu spoke to Radikal daily newspaper about the court decision that released Cemal Tutar after ten years in prison. Cihangiroglu, who was raised by Nesin Foundation and became a senior official in the foundation said, "I never had hatred. I believe people change in ten years, and I forgive the killers of my elder brother assuming that they have changed. My elder brother did not have hatred or enmity feelings."

TURKEY RELEASES WHEN INTERPOL IS SEEKING
Dr. Yusuf Ercin Sonmez, who was detained in Kartal, Istanbul the previous day as he was wanted by the Interpol on charges of making illegal organ transplantation in Kosovo, was released. Sonmez was transferred to a court to be released on charges of an organized organ trade gang, but court released him saying that Sonmez would not attempt to run away.
 

HURRIYET
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I CALLED MONUMENT "FREAK"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made significant remarks regarding the issues high on Turkey's agenda during his visit to Qatar. Erdogan said, "I used the expression 'freak' for the (humanity) monument (in the eastern province of Kars). I know how a monument looks like." Erdogan said, "those who assess the incident in Kars and those who appear on the TV have not seen the monument. There are historical artifacts there. We do not have to be a graduate of fine arts faculty whether or not to appreciate the monument. I warned the mayor when the monument was being erected. As a matter of fact, the Natural and Cultural Heritage Preservation Agency decided to demolish the monument."
Regarding suspects who have recently been released, Erdogan said, "why do they (judicial authorities) give priority to important cases? They had brought up my case from Diyarbakir in a day, made a decision, and prevented me from running for an MP in general elections."

RED BULLETIN FOR DALAN
Authorities have decided to issue an international arrest warrant for former Istanbul mayor Bedrettin Dalan, who is a fugitive suspect of the case regarding an action plan to fight against fundamentalism. Dalan will be wanted in all countries.

GERMANY: WE DO NOT NEED HISTORY LESSON
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "I guess Mrs. Angela Merkel (German Chancellor) considers Cyprus issue a process going on since her chancellery. She does not know about the history of Cyprus issue." Upon these remarks, German government spokesman said, "German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not need to get a history lesson." Merkel had said that Turkish Cypriot side was not taking steps to solve the Cyprus issue.

MILLIYET
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EU EASES VISA REQUIREMENTS
Greek veto on the readmission agreement on "granting visa facilities to Turkish citizens" has been overcome. Cecilia Malmstrom, member of the European Commission responsible for internal affairs, said, "initiating visa dialogue with Turkey is a primary issue for me".
The visa facility will at first include students, businessmen, artists and sportsmen and will later include all Turkish citizens.

RED BULLETIN TO DALAN
The court hearing the case on the Action Plan on Fight Against Fundamentalism decided to issue an international arrest warrant for former Istanbul mayor Bedrettin Dalan, who is a fugitive suspect of the case.
During yesterday's hearing, it was revealed that the denunciation e-mail causing an investigation to be launched against Dursun Cicek, was sent from a computer in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

SABAH
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NEW CONSTITUTION TO BE MADE BY PEOPLE
Regarding the new Constitution, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "I dream of an understandable text which assures freedoms and basic rights." He noted, "we will provide wide participation in the preparation of the Constitution. We want a parliament which can realize this."

KURDISH EDUCATION NOT ON THE AGENDA
National Education Minister Nimet Cubukcu terminated the discussions on education in mother tongue and elective courses in Kurdish by saying, "these are not on our agenda". She said Alewism, which would be included in the curriculum, would not be an elective religious course.

RED BULLETIN FOR DALAN
The court decided Bedrettin Dalan to be sought with red notice within the scope of "action plan on fight against fundamentalism" case. Istanbul 13th Heavy Criminal Court decided to issue a warrant of arrest for the escapee suspect Bedrettin Dalan, founder of Yeditepe University. The court also decided to convey the sentence to international Interpol.
 

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