Today’s Turkish judiciary drama: Kenan Evren sentenced, Balyoz Trial for re-trial, Yusuf Yerkel saved…

  Former Turkish president Evren sentenced to life for staging 1980 coup Reuters UK Hundreds of other officers have been jailed after investigations known as “Ergenekon” and “Sledgehammer”. The army has also been excluded from state bodies that had exerted influence on politics, especially after the 1980 coup. Throughout the trial Top Turkish court rules that … Read more

EFD Rights Watch: “All special courts to be scrapped before local elections… Possible Balyoz re-trial…

Key evidence in Turkey?s Balyoz coup case ?fabricated,? expert report says   Turkey?s science watchdog said that the date of key files on a hard drive have been modified Balyoz convicts demand retrial upon expert report on altered evidence   Twelve people convicted in the Balyoz coup plot case have demanded a retrial after a … Read more

EFD Rights Watch: Web censorship in Turkey is as real as possible. Critical news site Vagus TV banned today… is a well visited online news site. It has a critical attitude, initiated by journalist Serdar Akinan. I just heard that it is banned today…. In other news:  Child bride?s husband, family face 18 years   An official lawsuit has been filed against the family of child bride Kader Ertem, her husband and the … Read more

Cengiz Aktar: Balyoz dersleri: Askersizleşme yarım yamalak olmaz

Balyoz dersleri: Askersizleşme yarım yamalak olmaz Balyoz davası ve tutuklamaların yarattığı hararete biraz mesafe alınca ortaya sevimsiz bir arkaplan çıkıyor. Kabaca, hükümet cenahında suç teşkil eden fiillerden darbe suçu çıkmayacağı endişesi hâkim. Karşıdaki askerci cenah ise ?bu günleri de mi görecektik? isyanı ile ?ne var bu beyanlarda, darbe bile yok? pişkinliği arasında gidip geliyor. Asker … Read more

Oda TV raided by police. Ergenekon trial moves onto journalistic/civil links

However it gets complicated. If there isn’t hard evidence,  and there is a growing anxiety over the evidence issue, then it is impossible to support this raid. This is despite the fact that I have no sympathy for Soner Yalçın and his gang at Oda.TV, an influential website with idiosyncratic left leanings, anti-AKP and pro-Ergenekon … Read more

It gets harder to plan a coup in Turkey. 163 officers arrested.

Former Air Forces Commander Gen. Halil İbrahim Fırtına and former Naval Forces Commander Adm. Özden Örnek are among the 163 suspects who were arrested on Friday. from Today’s Zaman 162 Turkish officers ordered jailed in coup trial Bloomberg That case is based on a conspiracy by an alleged gang of secular nationalists called “Ergenekon.” Critics … Read more

CHP to save Ergenekon suspects; Turkish PM says stress causes harsh rhetoric (!)

Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan inspects a guard of honour during a welcome ceremony in Kiev January 25, 2011.? Read more » REUTERS/Gleb Garanich Turkish PM says stress causes harsh rhetoric from Hurriyet Dailynews Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that recent comments he made regarding Turkish alcohol consumption arose out of a … Read more

Istanbul notes blog on Turkey’s political financing

Turkey?s opaque system of political financing by istanbulnotes In my most recent post I highlighted the seeming over-reliance of Turkey?s political parties on state funding. But what of the role of private funding in Turkish politics? When we think about the corruption of the political process, it is usually private money we are talking about. … Read more

Tense constitutional amendements process and new arrests at Ergenekon (or no arrests?)

found at Joe Greer

New arrests in Turkish coup probe

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
More than a dozen ex-officers are held over an alleged coup plot in Turkey, but the operation is suspended.

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From Tayyip Erdoğan’s photo album…

I haven’t realized before that PM Erdoğan has a personal website. Hürriyet has a selection of his photos gotten from that website. I have chosen two here. And in the mean time, a particular judge released many of Ergenekon gang suspects, the same judge who had released other suspects before and and more on the constitutional reform move…

Erdoğan'ın albümünden kendi seçtiği fotoğrafları
When he was a football player…

Erdoğan'ın albümünden kendi seçtiği fotoğrafları
Three amigoes:)

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Temporary peace at the top of the State

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul (C), Prime Minister Tayyip ...

Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul (C), Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (L) and Chief of Staff General Ilker Basbug (R) meet at the Presidential Palace in Ankara February 25, 2010. Turkey’s political and military leaders meet on Thursday as a storm gathers over a coup plot investigation against the armed forces which is threatening stability and investor confidence in the EU-candidate country. REUTERS/Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Palace Press Office/Handout

Turkey?s Leaders Seek to Defuse Crisis

Tensions were rising between the military and the government over the arrests of 20 former and current officers on charges of plotting a coup. Three of those officers were subsequently released.

Turkish leaders meet as coup plot storm gathers –

BBC News – Turkey’s religious-secular divide

Release of Turkey generals eases tensions for now –

Turkish voices

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
‘Coup’ arrests spark fresh debate on army’s role

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A roundup of aftermath of biggest raid against Ergenekon

Power shift from BBC News | Europe | World Edition Turkish army coming under increasing pressure Largest Ergenekon probe touches all untouchables Today’s Zaman İbrahim Fırtına, who was interrogated earlier in January by prosecutors conducting the investigation into Ergenekon, was detained yesterday in addition to Turkish soldiers stand at the entrance of the War Academy … Read more

Nuray Mert should be happy. Constitutional Court assures military tutelage…

Nuray Mert should be happy. The columnist who has been writing recently about a possible civilian dictatorship (AKP one party regime) should feel satisfied with the latest Constitutional Court decision that assures military tutelage…

Turkey’s Constitutional Court rules against civil trials for military
Hurriyet Daily News
That includes the Ergenekon trial of former military officers charged with attempting to overthrow the government. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s

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