GOVT.'S CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT MAY LEAD TO TRIAL OF LEADERS OF 1980 COUP
The AK Party government is planning to introduce a package of constitutional amendments that includes the lifting of a constitutional provision that prevents leaders of the 1980 military coup from standing trial at court. The amendment could open the way for the trial of Kenan Evren, then chief of the military staff and the leader of the military junta that staged the coup in September 1980. "I would not let that happen. I'd better kill myself," Evren has said.
UNIVERSITY RECTOR COMMITS SUICIDE
Rector of the Erzincan University Professor Erdogan Buyukkasap committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in the university campus. The office of the Erzincan prosecutor has said Buyukkasap had no connection with an ongoing investigation into an alleged financial fraud in the university.
GUL: "WE TOLD EVERYTHING TO OBAMA"
President Abdullah Gul recalled that he had spoken with U.S. President Barack Obama by the phone before the voting on the resolution on Armenian allegations of 1915 incidents at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs. Gul said, "we discussed the issue once. I will not talk to Mr. Obama about the matter once again. We said everything on the matter."
JOYFUL CELEBRATION IN CANAKKALE
The 95th anniversary of Canakkale Naval Victory was celebrated in the northwestern province of Canakkale. Also Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the ceremony in the province. Delivering a speech in the ceremony, Erdogan said, "history of this country is so clean and glorious that it cannot be debated at parliaments."
A serious blow was cast on a network of mobsters with alleged ties to the Ergenekon culprit Ibrahim Sahin, with simultaneous operations in 9 cities. 28 suspects including retired generals and mobsters were taken into custody.
Simultaneous operations were waged in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Manisa, Diyarbakir, Kayseri, Sivas, Kars and Zonguldak, against a criminal network led by Ahmet Memis --a close associate of Sahin-- under orders of the Criminal Court no: 10 in Izmir.
Along with Memis who was involved in a series of crimes like assault and illegal check collection, a retired special operations police chief, and a medical super intendant and 28 others were taken into custody.
I WILL NEVER CALL OBAMA AGAIN
President Abdullah Gul who said he had already spoken to U.S. President Obama on the phone about the Armenian resolution said he would not call him again.
Speaking to reporters on the plane back from the trip to Africa, President Gul said Turkey made clear its stance regarding the Armenian allegations resolution.
"We said what needs to be said and we did what needs to be done. The rest is up to them," said Gul.
ONE IS KALYONCU, OTHER IS OZKILIC
Former 1st Army Commander Gen. Cetin Dogan, who was arrested within the scope of Balyoz operation, said for the first time that two generals had participated in the 2003 seminar on behalf of the General Staff and Land Forces. Those generals were Bekir Kalyoncu and Tevfik Ozkilic.
Dogan made remarkable statements while defending himself in a 16-page letter 3 weeks after his arrest. "We discussed the action plan 'Egemen', not Balyoz," Dogan said.
SURPRISE! SEPTEMBER 12 ON WAY TO TRIAL?
The constitutional amendment package which will be sent to political parties today and paves the way for the trial of coup-stagers of September 12, 1980, gave rise to discussions.
Some legists said that the coup had become time barred, and thus, no lawsuits could be filed, while those objecting said the relevant people could be tried for torture and compensation could be sought.
12 SEPTEMBER MANEUVERS
Justice and Development (AK) Party is aiming to stalemate Republican People's Party (CHP) --which wants 12 September putschists to face trial-- by including annulment of the provisional Article 15 of the Constitution in the amendment package, and raise public support. CHP which argues that the real aim behind the move is to take over the judiciary, wants the government to bring up the provisional article alone. Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) said the government was not sincere.
Jurists believe the argument suggesting that the cancellation of the provisional Article 15 would not pave the way for the trial of the September 12 putschists. Prof. Azrak said even if the status of limitations was cancelled, cancelled provisions could not be used retrospectively against individuals.
Supreme Court's former chief judge, Sami Selcuk, said, "laws are introduced prospectively, no one should fool themselves."
LAST MINUTE TOUCH UP IN AMENDMENT PACKAGE
The constitutional amendment package was finalised in late night meetings on Thursday. The package proposes raising the number of seats in the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) to 21 while the government gave up on election of members to the board by the parliament. However, the number of members to be appointed by the President was increased. Union and collective bargaining rights for civil servants were excluded from the package. Acting President of (HSYK) said the first target of the package was them.
PRIDE OF CANAKKALE
Several ceremonies took place in Gelibolu in the northwestern province of Canakkale and across the country to mark the 95th anniversary of Canakkale Naval Victory and to commemorate the martyrs. State officials attended the ceremony in Canakkale and observed a minute of silence out of respect to all those who lost their lives during the battles at the ceremony at the martyrium.
MINISTERS REFRAIN FROM COMMENTING ON PREMIER'S STATEMENT
Ministers refrained from commenting on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks about deportation. Erdogan earlier said they could send back 100,000 Armenians from Turkey. However Necip Taylan from the Justice and Development (AK) Party said that many people were concerned over the statement of Erdogan.
PRESIDENT: "I WILL NOT TALK TO OBAMA"
President Abdullah Gul gave a message of reproach in regard to the resolution adopted by the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee over the incidents of 1915 to U.S. President Barack Obama aboard his plane en route from Africa to Turkey. When a reporter said, "crisis caused by the resolution still continues. Will you discuss the matter with Mr.Obama?" Gul said, "I will not talk to Mr. Obama regarding the matter. We said everything. We explained our views and good will."
PRIME MINISTER: "WE HAVE A GLORIOUS AND CLEAN HISTORY"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan harshly reacted to Armenian allegations of 1915 incidents during his speech at a ceremony to mark the 95th anniversary of Canakkale Naval Victory. Erdogan said some countries which caused killing of millions of people should review their own acts and mistakes. "History of this country is so clean that it cannot be dishonored by parliaments," he said.
POLICE DETAIN 28 IN RAID ON SUSPECTED CRIMINAL GANG
Police carried out simultaneous operations in eight provinces against a suspected criminal gang that allegedly had ties to Ergenekon. Twenty-eight people including police officers and non-commissioned soldiers were detained in the operations. The gang's suspected leader, Ahmet Memis, an Izmir-based businessman, was seen sitting at the same table during a social event with Ergenekon suspects Ibrahim Sahin and Muzaffer Tekin. Police suspect that the gang has been involved in numerous crimes.
BAYKAL URGES PRESIDENT NOT TO SUPPORT CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS AS SINGLE PACKAGE
Leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Deniz Baykal, called on President Abdullah Gul not to endorse a series of constitutional amendments that the government planned to introduce in a single package. "If they are really sincere, the AK Party must bring the amendments separately. And President Gul should not support the constitutional amendments as single package," Baykal told reports.
30-YEAR ARMOR TO BE LIFTED
The surprise of the constitutional amendment package has been revealed. Article 15 of the Constitution, which prevents coup planners of September 12 from being tried, will be annulled.
Justice and Development (AK) Party has decided to include in its constitutional amendment package the annulment of the provisional article that hinders the trial of generals who staged the September 12 coup as well as the members of the then government and Advisory Council.
INSTEAD OF APOLOGIZING, THEY ARE DEFAMING
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted harshly upon allegations on the incidents of 1915. "The current irresponsible statements delivered by certain countries, which had caused bloodshed in Canakkale with their imperialist feelings, are nothing but defamatory remarks, targeting a nation that should be actually apologized to," Erdogan said.