Suspects of terrorist acts and gang members, whose cases could not have been concluded yet, benefitted from the law limiting detention periods. The slowly-operating judicial system served the benefits of Hizbollah and the mafia. Suspects that were members of terrorist groups, mafia and gangs, as well as 283 people convicted with murder, were released thanks to Article 102 of the Criminal Procedure Law.
IBRAHIM TATLISES KNOCKS DOWN RAMBO IN IRAQ
U.S. newspapers wrote that Turkey had invaded Iraq. The papers said Arabic companies now used Turkish singer Ibrahim Tatlises in their commercials, instead of U.S. actor Sylvester Stallone.
International Herald Tribune wrote that "Turkey, which had gone back to the glorious days of the Ottoman period, had invaded Iraq". The paper said an Arabic firm, which constructed thousands of villas in the country, had chosen Tatlises over Stallone and U.S. actress Angelina Jolie to play a part in its advertisement.
43 ORGANIZED INDUSTRIAL ZONES ON WAY
Turkey's Industrial Stretegy Document, covering the period 2011-2014, was made public by Industry and Trade Minister Nihat Ergun on Wednesday. According to the document, 43 new organized industrial zones would be established in Turkey and Turkey would become the production center of Eurasia. The document includes 72 action plans.
GOOD NEWS IN TEXTILE SECTOR, 200,000 PEOPLE RETURN TO JOBS
After a sharp decline in orders in the past two years due to the global economic crisis, companies in the Turkish textile and ready made clothing sectors are smiling. Recent orders received have helped 200,000 people return back to their jobs in the textile and ready made clothing sectors of Turkey.
IF SUPREME COURT WANTED, 953 CASES WOULD BE OVER
Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said those who used to say that "detention period was too long" had changed their stance, which he defined as a double standard. Ergin also referred to the Supreme Court, which says "we have a huge work load", and asked, "cannot the Supreme Court that makes 800,000 decisions a year, look into a file regarding 953 people for six years?"
Security forces pressure washed and hurled pepper spray on a group of students at the Middle East Technical University (METU) after the group attacked on them with stones and bars. Three police officers and some journalists were wounded in the clash. Students reacted to Cetin Soysal, a lawmaker from the Republican People's Party (CHP) who wanted to speak to students.
FIELD OF DEAD BODIES IN BITLIS
Executives launched an excavation in a field in Mutki town of the eastern province of Bitlis upon demands of relatives of some missing people, and bones of 12 people were found in the excavations. Some claimed that nine people who came to Mutki from Guroymak town to join the terrorist organization PKK and three other PKK members were killed as security forces opened fire on them in 1999, and that they were buried altogether. Upon this claim, a search team, accompanied by a prosecutor, launched the excavations under tight security measures. The bones will be sent to the Forensic Medical Institute.
The fact why Hizbullah's top member who is accused of massacre and the mafia bosses were released one after the other was that the Supreme Court can only spend six minutes on every file. Suspects have started to be released one after the other as a regulation limiting detention period entered into force. Now eyes have been turned on the "slowly functioning" justice.
Lower courts sent 269,000 files to the criminal departments of the Supreme Court last year. The total files the departments exceeded 573,000 for the first time. 84 judges are working in 11 criminal departments. They could only decide on 206,000 files in a year. 366,000 files were transferred to this year. The Supreme Court worked for 218 days last year, i.e. the criminal department decided on 947 files every day. When the fact that the court is working eight hours a day is taken into consideration, the criminal departments can only spend six minutes on each file.
BOMB PANIC IN TURKISH AIRLINES PASSENGER JET
A passenger in a Turkish Airlines (THY) jet on way to Istanbul from Oslo caused panic after he claimed that he had a bomb in his hand. The mentally ill passenger, Cuma Yasar, was taken down by two passengers. THY jet was able to land at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul safely.
PRESIDENT GUL TO RECEIVE STUDENTS
Turkish President Abdullah Gul will receive members of student councils from 11 Ankara universities on Thursday. Students from Ankara, Atilim, Baskent, Bilkent, Cankaya, Gazi, Hacettepe, ODTU, TOBB ETU, Turgut Ozal and Ufuk universities will be Gul's guests today.
HOW MANY TIMES A GRASSHOPPER HOPS?
Ali Tamkosar killed a total of 6 people in 12 years. He got out of prison thanks to "Ozal and Rahsan amnesties" for his first two murders. As for his latest massacre that cost the lives of four people from the same family, Tamkosar was released with the latest amendment in the Criminal Procedure Law. He is now among us.
ARMY WITH 50,000 SOLDIERS FOR TURKEY'S BORDERS
Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay said that a 50,000-soldier army, whose only task and expertise would be border security, would be formed within the framework of Turkey's EU adhesion process. During a gathering with reporters at the Turkish parliament yesterday, Atalay said the new forces would be in duty starting from 2014 the earliest.
ARMENIAN RESOLUTION NOT TO COME ONTO AGENDA FOR TWO YEARS
The U.S. Congress began the new two-year legislative term with new lawmakers on Wednesday. John Boehner was elected the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives as the Republican Party got the majority at the House. Virginia Foxx, a person close to Boehner, spoke to Hurriyet daily newspaper. Foxx, whose son-in-law is a Turk and who has two grandchildren named Rana and Kenan, said the Armenian resolution on the incidents of 1915 would not be brought to the U.S. Congress for two years. Foxx had backed Turkey during "genocide resolution" discussions at the end of last year.
WHY DID WE RELEASE THEM?
Mahmut Acar, the head of the criminal department of the Supreme Court that released the suspects of the Hizbullah case, said, "we implemented the law. They will come and sign a document every day. They have been banned from travelling abroad." Acar said, "the file came from the chief prosecutor's office on October 26. The notification takes so much time. We will send notification to the suspect's new lawyers. The Hizbullah case was overturned once or twice, laws are changing and these changes are applied to cases. It takes one or two years to send the case back to the local court and the local court's sending it back to us. If notifications are made, the hearing will be on January 26."
TURKEY, THE SOFT POWER IN IRAQ
The New York Times issued an important article on Turkey's Iraq policy. The article said that Turkey, which was currently living its most active time in Iraq since the Ottoman era, managed to open all the doors using "soft power". The piece also noted that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who gave Turkish politics a whole new direction, shaped the policy in Iraq as well.
"PASSENGER WITH BOMB" CAUSES PANIC ON BOARD
Passengers of a Turkish Airlines (THY) plane bound from Oslo to Istanbul panicked when Cuma Yasar, a mentally-handicapped passenger wearing a snow mask, wanted to enter the cockpit claiming that he was carrying a bomb. Yasar was taken down by two passengers one of whom was a Swedish citizen. Police found an ID for the handicapped on Yasar who was later taken into custody.
VILLAGERS AT TURKISH-GREEK BORDER AGAINST WALL
Most Turkish villagers living at the Turkish-Greek border are against Greek plans to erect a wall at the border in order to prevent the entry of illegal migrants into Greece. Turkish villagers said that at a time when walls were going down in the world, it would be unacceptable to see a wall at the Turkish-Greek border.
EARLY RESERVATIONS IN 2011 BEGIN
Early reservations in the Turkish tourism sector in 2011 began. The early reservation campaign brings down the prices of hotel rooms by up to 50 percent.
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