TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 8

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on July 8, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 8

TURKIYE
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NATION TO HAVE A SAY
After the Constitutional Court annulled some articles of the constitutional amendment package, Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said that the constitutional amendment package preserved its reformist characteristics even with its current shape. Ergin said the Turkish nation would have a say on the amendment package. Ergin said they expected the Turkish people to approve this package.

ANKARA POLICE CHIEF ARRESTED
Ankara Police Chief Orhan Ozdemir who was wanted on charges of "corruption in tender" and "setting up organized crime gang" was arrested on Wednesday.

ZAMAN
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NATION TO SAY FINAL WORD
Turkey will hold a referendum on September 12, 2010. The Constitutional Court rejected the case filed for annulment of the reform package. However, the high court examined the package regarding the "merits of the case" although it announced that it would deal with it regarding its shape, and made decisions regarding the content of some articles. The court prevented amendments to the method of electing members to the higher court, which envisaged democratization.

ANKARA POLICE CHIEF ARRESTED
Ankara Police Chief Orhan Ozdemir was arrested. Within the framework of the investigation Ankara Chief Prosecutor's Office is carrying out in the central province of Kayseri, Ozdemir was accused of "corrupting in tenders" and "being a member of an organized crime gang." Ankara Criminal Court ruled on Wednesday that Ozdemir be arrested.

YENI SAFAK
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INTEREST OF SAUDI INVESTORS IN UZUNGOL
Saudi businessmen are getting prepared to construct a five-star hotel in Uzungol district of the northern province of Trabzon where Arabian tourists show great interest. It was learned that the investors will also buy a plateau in the district.

OZDEMIR ARRESTED
Ankara Police Chief Orhan Ozdemir was arrested within the scope of an investigation carried out in the central Anatolian province of Kayseri, and he was put into prison. However, he was then hospitalized due to health problems.

FORENSIC MEDICINE SHOULD CHANGE
State Audit Board completed a report on Forensic Medicine Board which it prepared with the directives of President Abdullah Gul. The report stated that there was a problem in expertise, adding that there was no trained criminal experts. The report wanted a change in the structure of the board.
 

VATAN
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MIDWAY FORMULA
The Constitutional Court paved the way for articles amending the structure of the Supreme Board of Judges & Prosecutors (HSYK) and the Constitutional Court, but annulled the method of election of members to the board and the court. Citizens will say the final word on September 12.
The Constitutional Court convened in a secret session on Wednesday. Surprising decisions came out of the meeting that lasted nine and a half hours. The court returned the request of the Republican People's Party (CHP) for the cancellation of the constitutional amendment package on claims that "open votes on the bill were cast in the parliament."
The court decided that the amendments that raised the number of Constitutional Court members from 11 to 17 and the number of HSYK members from 7 to 22 did not contradict the principle of "state of law."

NOBODY PLEASED WITH COURT DECISION
Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said, "the Constitutional Court annulled a pluralist structure, and it foresaw a majoritarian structure. The package can also be put to referendum in this way." CHP MP Atilla Kart said, "the Constitutional Court seems to have dealt with the file regarding the merits of the case, however it does not do so. It made a bureaucratic decision. Media's pressure was effective on this decision."
Oktay Vural of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) said, "we want a compromise of all political parties on the constitution. The Constitutional Court partially annulled the constitutional amendment law. We hope the nation will cancel the entire package."

"AWARD-WINNER" BOYCOTT TO ISRAEL
Dustin Hoffman and Meg Ryan, two Hollywood stars who reacted to the Mavi Marmara massacre, decided not to attend the Jerusalem Film Festival. Two Academy Award winning and six Golden Globe winning Jewish actor Dustin Hoffman, and three Golden Globe winning U.S. actress Meg Ryan said they would not participate in the festival a day after the Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
Monaco's Prince Albert also supported the surprising boycott of Hollywood, where Jewish capital has a significant place. The prince said he would not attend an event to be organized by the Israelis to commemorate his mother Grace Kelly, who was once a Hollywood star.

CUMHURIYET
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PEOPLE TO DECIDE
The Constitutional Court partially annulled articles on election of members of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK). The court made the decision after a 9.5-hour meeting. A referendum will be held on the constitutional amendment package excluding annulled articles.

AKATLI LAID TO REST
Leading Turkish writer Fusun Akatli, who passed away at the age of 66 on Sunday night, was laid to rest in Istanbul. A memorial took place out of respect to Akatli at the Muhsin Ertugrul Theater. Following the midday prayer, Akatli was laid to rest at the Cengelkoy Cemetery. Akatli died late on Sunday night at Istanbul University Hospital where she had been receiving medical treatment.

RADIKAL
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FIRST TO PRISON THEN TO TREATMENT
Ankara Police Chief Orhan Ozdemir was sent to prison due to crimes of "corruption in tender" and "being a gang member", but then he was transferred to hospital due to health problem.
Meanwhile, it was stressed in the warrant of arrest that there is a possibility that the suspect may have an influence over the evidences.

TWO DEAD SOLDIERS SIDE BY SIDE
Private Erkan Akdeniz, who was killed during a raid of PKK terrorists on July 5, was buried in the northeastern province of Igdir next to his brother Mehmet Akdeniz who was also killed by PKK terrorists in 1997. Although his commanding officer said, "you are brother of a fallen soldier, do not join this security operation", Erkan did not listen to his officer.
 

HURRIYET
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FINE TUNED CONSTITUTION
The Constitutional Court returned the application requesting the annulment of the constitutional amendment law. The articles amending election of members of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Board of Judges & Prosecutors (HSYK) were partially cancelled. A referendum will take place in Turkey on September 12.

ELECTORAL THRESHOLD SHOULD BE FLEXIBLE, BE 7 P.C.
Hakki Suha Okay, the deputy chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), said, "we will submit a bill to the parliament this week, requesting a flexible electoral threshold of 7 percent." Speaking to daily Hurriyet, Okay said, "for instance, three parties may pass the 7 percent electoral threshold, but the overall valid votes will not reach 70 percent. In that case, we will make sure that the political party that is close to 7 percent threshold to be represented at the parliament."

MILLIYET
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STARS' PROTEST TO ISRAEL
Jerusalem Post wrote that Hollywood stars Dustin Hoffman and Meg Ryan decided not to participate in Jerusalem Film Festival due to Israeli raid in Gaza-bound Turkish Mavi Marmara aid ship. According to the newspaper, Prince Albert of Monaco also would not attend the festival due to the same reason. Manager of the festival confirmed that they reached an agreement with Hoffman and Ryan, and they cancelled their participation.

HARDEST MISSION OF ANKARA POLICE
Ankara Police Chief Orhan Ozdemir was arrested and put into Sincan F-type prison with the reason that he is a gang member. Ozdemir was transferred to courthouse by the police officers working under him.

SABAH
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PARTIAL OBSTACLE TO DEMOCRACY
The Constitutional Court shed green light to resorting the constitutional amendment package to the referendum and it also annulled some articles of the constitutional amendment package. The Constitutional Court made a decision after a debate that lasted for more than nine hours, about the application of 111 MPs for invalidation of some articles of the package. The court invalidated the articles of the package on the structure of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK).

BOYCOTT FROM HOLLYWOOD
Hollywood stars Meg Ryan and Dustin Hoffman boycotted Israel after its attack on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza on May 31. Ryan and Hoffman said they would not attend Jerusalem International Film Festival after the Israeli raid. Prince Albert II of Monaco also decided not to attend the film festival.
 

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