A diminutive 63-year-old with dyed blond hair and a raspy smoker’s cough, Mücella Yapici hardly fits the profile of a criminal mastermind. But Turkish judicial authorities see it differently. Since last year, the architect and urban planner has been on trial for organizing and maintaining an “illegal criminal organization.” If convicted, Yapici could face 30 years in jail.
Why Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan May Be the Next Putin
Erdogan’s 2008–2013 prosecution of leading generals and officers, as well as journalists, politicians, and other prominent secularists, under the guise that they had been involved in the so-called Ergenekon conspiracy to undermine the state, has …
When the 2011 elections rolled around, the AKP postured itself as the party bravely in the face of military threats to overturn the government, as reflected in the Ergenekon and Balyoz coup trials. Its promised voters civilian-based, legitimate .