Turkish dailies on Wednesday cover Prime Minister Erdogan’s Brussels visit, AA’s report and photos on war crimes in Syria, Fenerbahce president Aziz Yildirim’s return to the country to face jail sentence, and top judicial body's decision to change posts of 96 judges and prosecutors.


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Turkish dailies cover on Wednesday Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's first visit in five years to European Union center Brussels, where he met EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy and EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

Daily Turkiye in its headline quotes Erdogan's call for action to world powers against alleged war crimes in Syria committed by Bashar al-Assad's regime. "What are you waiting for?" the daily quotes Erdogan as saying.

The exclusive photos published on Monday by AA continue to feature prominently on the front pages of several Turkish dailies. The photos, captured by a Syrian military policeman who later defected to Assad, depict torture and starvation inflicted upon eleven thousand Syrians by the regime forces.

Daily Turkiye reports that Erdogan said the world was "tired of hearing the question 'Who would come to power if Assad leaves?'" The Turkish Prime Minister added it would be dereliction of duty for world leaders to not act on the haunting photos, the daily says.
Daily Hurriyet calls Erdogan's visit a chance to "recharge" Turkey's EU membership ambitions.

Daily Taraf and Radikal quote EU Commission President Barroso as saying Erdogan has given the EU assurances on upholding the principle of the rule of law and ensuring the independence of the judiciary as the Turkish government makes efforts towards law reform.

The dailies also cover main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu’s remarks on Tuesday at his Republican People’s Party caucus meeting, where he claimed the executive branch is putting pressure on the judiciary.

Yildirim returns

Turkish dailies cover Fenerbahce football club chairman Aziz Yildirim's return to Turkey on Tuesday after a ten-day vacation in France. Yildirim faces a six-year prison sentence – a year of which he served – after Turkey’s highest court upheld charges against Yildirim last week for match-fixing and forming an illegal organization.

Daily Hurriyet quotes Yildirim as saying “Fenerbahce is the last stronghold, it will not fall.”

The daily says Yildirim was overcome with emotion when he was welcomed at an Istanbul airport by tens of thousands of Fenerbahce fans.

Daily Posta publishes a photo of Yildirim with his four-month-old daughter, which was put up on Fenerbahce’s official website on Tuesday. Yildirim entrusts the youngest of his three children to Fenerbahce supporters, the daily says.

Prosecutors reassigned

Turkish dailies cover the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors’ (HSYK) decision to change the posts of 96 judges and prosecutors. Daily Haberturk and Posta report that among those reassigned are the chief prosecutors of Izmir - Turkey's third biggest city-, Adana, Samsun, Diyarbakir and Antalya.

Haberturk says this is the HYSK’s second decree relocating its members, the first affecting 20 prosecutors on January 16.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ocak 2014, 11:56