Defendant Mustafa Balbay requested a ?new evaluation? of the ?Coup Diaries? after an investigation into ret. Generals Örnek, Yalman and Fırtına resulted in the separation of the file form the Ergenekon trial.
In the third week of the “KCK trial”, procedures reached the presentation of the defence. 152 defendants are tried for their alleged affiliation with the Democratic Confederation of Kurdistan. When the defendants spoke Kurdish, the microphone was switched off.
The Human Rights Agenda Association, of which I am a part, is currently conducting a project called ?Combating Hate Crimes in Turkey.? Among other things, we plan to hold two public conferences on the subject, the first of which was already held on Oct. 16 in Ankara.
The vandals who attacked the Greek Orthodox cemetery in Gökçeada on Oct. 28 not only broke gravestones but the hearts of those in Turkey who strongly believe in living side by side in accordance with the principle of mutual respect.
Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunc was acquitted regarding his statement “”After 25 years you are opening a new window to peace and brotherhood from Eruh”. Tunç was facing imprisonment of up to 15 years under charges of propaganda for a terrorist organization.