Turkish dailies covered Tuesday the start of 'Balyoz' coup case appeal trial, the decision of UEFA on match-fixing accusations against Turkish soccer teams, and the police raid in some prisons across Istanbul revealing a network of bribery


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'Balyoz' coup case appeal trial

Most of the dailies covered Tuesday the start of Balyoz (Sledgehammer ) appeal hearing of more than 300 military officers held in Supreme Court of Appeals Monday. "The last turn in Balyoz case" titled daily TARAF and said verdicts of guilty would become definite if the punishments were approved by the court. The verdicts will be guiding for the case of Ergenekon, as the daily published. Daily RADIKAL pointed out that the case started with crisis as the court decided to hear the appeals in surname order. A group of protesters supporting the defendants in the case carried out a "standing man" protest just in front of the headquarters of the General Staff, daily STAR published. The trials will keep on non-stop during the judicial recess as well, according to what daily ZAMAN published. The trials will be held 4 days a week, as daily HABER TURK published, and the defendants will not be allowed in the hearings.

"Bad news from UEFA"

Almost all of the dailies covered the decision of European soccer's governing body the Union of European Football Associations' (UEFA) on match-fixing accusations against Turkish soccer teams Besiktas and Feenrbahce. Daily MILLIYET headlined "Bad news from UEFA" referring to the announcement of UEFA's Appeals Body about the decisions following the appeals lodged by Besiktas and Fenerbahce against UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body verdicts issued in June. Besiktas is not eligible to participate in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League while Fenerbahce is excluded from participating in the next two UEFA club competitions they qualify for, including the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League, as daily HABER TURK said. Both clubs will appeal the decisions of the UEFA Appeals Body to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), published daily VATAN.

35 detained in prison raid in Istanbul

Some dailies also covered the police raid in Istanbul's Kartal Silivri semi-open prison, as well as Maltepe and Metris prisons. Investigations into a gang revealed a network of bribery in the mentioned prisons, as daily AKSAM said. During the operations by anti-organised crime police, 35 people were detained including directors and guardians. Daily RADIKAL published that the warden of the Silivri prison was also detained together with 14 other officers and 20 gangsters adding the operation might reach some public prosecutors. It is claimed the suspects brought guns, drugs, and cell phones into the prison, says daily ZAMAN.

Zimmerman trial

George Zimmerman, the Florida man, killed Trayvon Martin, a black teenager, last year. Thousands of people took to the streets protesting against Martin's case in U.S. in which the jury determined Zimmerman acted in self-defence, despite the fact Martin was unarmed. "Black anger" is what daily YENI SAFAK published saying that the case has inflamed racial tensions. Many American protesters marched along U Street in capital Washington and chanted slogans "Justice for Martin" and "No peace if no justice", the daily said. In Los Angeles, as daily ZAMAN published, demonstrators blocked one of the busiest roads in the city while in Oakland of California some burned U.S. flag and demolished vehicles as well as workplaces. The daily also said 12 protesters were detained at Union Square in New York.

Technical error in CNN

"CNN embarrassed in Ankara, shameless in London" headlined daily STAR saying CNN broadcasted the videos of sympathy rallies for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul's Kazlicesme arena as if they were the videos of anti-government protests. The daily quoted Senior Vice President for CNN Parisa Khosravi as saying "It was a technical error, there is no intention." The public relations department, on the other hand, tweeted that they did not apologise for what they did.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Temmuz 2013, 13:16