TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON APRIL 4

Turkish daily newspapers covered in their Wednesday editions the first trial on a case over a 1980 military takeover in Turkey in 1980, acceptance of an indictment on an ongoing probe into an alleged urban network of the terrorist PKK organization, a funeral ceremony for Princess Neslisah Sultan Osmanoglu.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON APRIL 4

Turkish daily newspapers covered in their Wednesday editions the first trial on a case over a 1980 military takeover in Turkey in 1980, acceptance of an indictment on an ongoing probe into an alleged urban network of the terrorist PKK organization, a funeral ceremony for Princess Neslisah Sultan Osmanoglu, last person who was recorded on the Ottoman Imperial Registry book, March figures for price hikes in Turkey, and a reported kidnapping of two Syrian army generals by Syrian opposition fighters in return for two journalists held hostage by the Syrian security forces.

"Military coup at suspect's chair," headlined daily Turkiye on the first trial Wednesday for the 1980 military takeover in Turkey. Retired General Kenan Evren (94), the top leader of the junta, and Tahsin Sahinkaya (87) are set to stand trial before an Ankara court on the charges of throwing down a popularly elected government and for the killing of hundreds of people. Daily Vatan said 650 thousand people were detained in the aftermath of the takeover, 230 thousand people stood trial, seven thousand people were sentenced to death penalty and 50 of them were executed.

Daily Milliyet said an Istanbul court had accepted a 2,400-page indictment in the ongoing probe on KCK, the alleged urban network of the terrorist organization PKK. A total of 193 suspects -- 147 of whom are under custody -- are charged in the indictment.

Princess Neslisah Sultan Osmanoglu was laid to eternal rest in Istanbul as the last Ottoman imperial figure who was recorded at the Imperial Registry book. The princess' death brought the Ottoman Dynasty to an official end.

Daily Vatan said inflation in Turkey in March was up to 8.02 percent in consumer prices year-on-year. Consumer prices went up 0.41 percent and producer prices were up 0.36 percent in March, the daily said.

Daily Turkiye said Syrian rebel forces had kidnapped two army generals to swap them with two Turkish journalist held hostage in Syria for over three weeks now. "We told them we want the two Turks in return for the generals. We are waiting for a response," the rebels told the daily.

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