DEMOCRATIC INITIATIVE IS AN OPPORTUNITY
Sukru Gulmus, a former member of the terrorist organization PKK responsible for media, returned to Turkey 18 years later. Addressing Kurds abroad, particularly members of the PKK, Gulmus said, "the democratic initiative is a good opportunity to return to Turkey." Gulmus said, "Abdullah Ocalan is the biggest calamity that happened to the Kurds. He is a dictator taking revenge from Kurds. He does not care about Kurdism, socialism, or freedom of a nation." Gulmus said, "today the most effective members of the PKK are the lawyers, Ocalan is ruling the PKK through 'organization of lawyers'."
PRAYER FOR MARTYR ANCESTOR
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "Sarikamis is the monument of our brotherhood, and we have to bring this spirit to today." Speaking in the ceremony to commemorate Sarikamis Battle martyrs, Erodgan said, "my great grandfather Kemal Mutlu from Rize's Guneysulu region died in Sarikamis Battle."
EVEN IF NO FILE IS SENT TO SUPREME COURT, CURRENT CASES WILL LAST FOR FIVE YEARS
Data disprove the claim that "the files at the Supreme Court can be closed in two or three years with a devoted work. There is no need to establish new departments." A department at the Supreme Court can decide on 19,000 cases in a year. If no new file is sent to the court and if courts of appeal are activated, the court can only close 1.5 million cases in five years from now.
MINISTER YAZICI LAUNCHES OPERATION AGAINST CUSTOMS OFFICE
The operation against Istanbul Customs Office was launched with a letter sent to State Minister Hayati Yazici six months ago. Police detained ten more people, including chief director Lutfi E., in an operation against Istanbul Customs Directorate on Saturday. The number of detainees reached 31.
Following the appointment of Gursel Tekin as the Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy chairman in charge of the party organization, there were rumors that chairman of the Istanbul Branch Berhan Simsek would be removed from office. Berhan Simsek finally gave up and resigned. Simsek argued that he resigned to become a deputy candidate in the upcoming elections.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu responded to Greek Premier George Papandroeu, who regarded Turkey as the invader in Cyprus, and said Papandreou's remarks were not nice.
Davutoglu, who commented on the issue at the Ambassadors Conference, said, "certain things could have left unsaid." Davutoglu said they would not enter narrow lanes in foreign policy. He said, "we are patient. We will carry out all negotiations in patience."
150,000$ OF BRIBERY EVERYWEEK
The probe which was launched by the order of State Minister Hayati Yazici is growing. Under the investigation during which head director of the Customs and Enforcement Authority Lutfi Ekinci was taken into custody, 31 suspects, 21 of whom are customs officers, are being interrogated. Companies who have drawn the goods they imported from China and Hong Kong, from the customs without paying any taxes, paid 150,000$ as bribery each week to the team of Cargo Director Hayrettin Eker, it was reported. The team which received bribery everyday, shared the money every Friday.
SIMSEK RESIGNS TO RUN FOR DEPUTY
Berhan Simsek resigned from the chairmanship of the Istanbul Branch of the Republican People's Party (CHP) which he assumed for six and a half months. Simsek said, "I am resigning because I want to be a deputy candidate. I hold no grudge or hard feelings against anybody."
50 MILLION TL BRIBERY
The number of suspects detained in the investigation in to the bribery and corruption allegations at the customs rose to 33. Police teams raided the houses of a number of directors including the head director of the Customs and Enforcement Authority Lutfi Ekinci. The suspects are accused of causing 50 million TL of loss to the state. The investigation started with a tip-off provided by Customs and Enforcement officers.
PRIME MINISTER WAS LEFT HELPLESS
In a statement, Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemel Kilicdaroglu strongly criticised Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan who did not respond to the remarks of Greek Premier George Papandreou. "If someone is saying that our military is the invader and he can't give an answer, this shows the premier's helplessness," said Kilicdaroglu.
CUSTOMS UNION IN SMUGGLING!
Police followed Lutfu Ekinci, the chief director of the Customs Enforcement Directorate, step by step. Then, police collapsed a smuggling network worth 50 million Turkish liras (TL).
Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin talked to Radikal daily newspaper about the judicial crisis and its possible solution. The government will give priority to a draft speeding up the jurisdiction. Many bureaucratic procedures will be done in electronic environment.
I CAN'T BLAME THE JUDGES
State Minister Hayati Yazici commented on the controversy between the Supreme Court and his party on the "work load". He said, "as a matter of fact, I can't blame the judges on that one."
"At courts culprits or the lawyers can cause the trials to be prolonged. There are not enough personnel at the high courts, while the number cases are very high. A supreme court judge told me that they had 65,000 case files to deal with, this is a huge number," said Yazici.
ERDOGAN REMAINED HELPLESS
Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicadroglu criticised Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attitude towards Greek Premier George Papandreou who said, "Turkey can't be a member of the EU as long as Turkey's invasion of Cyprus continued."
"Turkish military intervened in Cyprus to establish peace based on the international agreements. Premier Erdogan's inability to say this shows he is helpless," said Kilicdaroglu.
THEY WERE CAUGHT WHEN SHARING
Thirty-one people were detained, including Istanbul Customs Chief Director Lutfi Ekinci, in an operation against the customs gate at Ataturk Airport. The suspects were caught with a great deal of money. Police launched an operation the previous day within the framework of an investigation that began in August. Police learned that unjust money was shared every Friday, and raided on the fifth floor of the Customs Enforcement Directorate. Police detained 31 people and found 300,000 Turkish liras (TL) in the lockers of the detainees.
SIMSEK QUITS CHP BRANCH IN ISTANBUL
Berhan Simsek, the head of Istanbul branch of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), resigned from his position to run for parliamentarian in the general elections due in the summer of 2011. Simsek said, "this resignation will be CHP's step towards the ruling of the nation."
DIRECTOR'S BRIBERY POOL
A breathtaking allegation was made in the operation against the Customs Enforcement Directorate during which the chief director of the office was detained. Some claimed that the bribery collected was distributed to the customs officials according to their ranks. It was claimed that 200,000 Turkish liras (TL) was collected through bribery, and chief director Lutfi Ekinci was distributing the bribery to customs officials every Friday according to their ranks. Thirty-four people were detained in the operation against Istanbul Customs Office.
IF BDP WAS BRAVE, PKK WOULD LAY DOWN ARMS
A former deputy Mahmut Alinak criticized the Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) in his latest novel. Alinak said, "if BDP takes the risk of carrying a civilian fight, the PKK will no more need to resort to weapons in order to make its voice be heard. Unfortunately, we do not have a Martin Luther King or a Gandhi."