The Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors of Turkey (HSYK) had just ripped of a key special Prosecutor’s judicial authority who decreed the arrest of a Prosecutor related to Ergenekon case. HSYK had been effective in obstructing judicial investigations against the military tutelage.
Ergenekon probe heats up with testimony of admirals
An ongoing probe into a clandestine criminal organization known as Ergenekon, which is said to be the ?investigation of the century? as it aims to eliminate
Kurdish demonstrators shout slogans during a protest marking the 11th anniversary of the capture of Turkey’s Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, in Istanbul, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010. Dozens of people hurled rocks at police after they were prevented from marching down a main street to protest the imprisonment of Ocalan. Police responded with tear gas and water canons.(AP Photo/Ibrahim Usta)
The Turkish Armed Forces and Interior Ministry’s recent annulment of the secret Police-Security Cooperation Protocol (EMASYA) on February 4 has re-focused Turkish political observers on the transformative state of civil-military relations here. EMASYA allowed the military to intervene in domestic affairs without seeking approval from civilian authorities, though its exact contents remain unknown to the public. According to TESEV’s 2006-2008 Security Almanac, the Protocol laid out the command structure that would follow suit during the course of such an intervention. Bianet translates the EMASYA section of TESEV’s report (in Turkish, save for a short summary):
Recent statements by Chief of General Staff. Gen. İlker Başbuğ continue to be a subject of debate in the Turkish media, prompting many to consider the motivation behind Başbuğ coming to the agenda through controversial statements.
Ergenekon probe to shed light on ‘medical plot’ against Ecevit
The İstanbul court has for the past several months been hearing a case against a criminal organization called Ergenekon, which is accused of working to
In a luncheon meeting with Prime Minister Erdogan on Wednesday, Hurriyet Daily News‘ Fulya Ozerkan reported that EU ambassadors were planning to make it clear to the leader of Turkey’s parliament that a new constitution is needed in order for Turkey to accede. The AKP is currently considering amending 22 articles of the existing military constitution, which was largely forced on the Turkish public in the violent years following the September 12, 1980 coup.
The Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen?s Association (TÜSİAD) was giving the impression that it was under the control of the Doğan Group until Ümit Boyner was elected the new chairwoman of Turkey?s elite business club.
There is nothing left that we haven?t already said about some of the high-ranking commanders within the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). The nation?s media has begun its questioning of the top commander of the General Staff.
On Sunday at the Republican People?s Party (CHP) congress in İstanbul, slogans for change and transformation rang out once more.