World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said calling ex-army chief arrested in a coup trial "terrorist" is "very wrong".
General Ilker Basbug, along with politicians, academics, journalists and other retired army officers, are being tried in connection with alleged membership in the Ergenekon terrorist organization and his involvement in issuing the infamous Internet memorandum, in which the General Staff sponsored websites that were launched for slander campaigns against Erdogan's government.
Speaking on the topic of the detained military officials, Erdogan stated that it is “very wrong” that the former Chief of General Staff Ilker Basbug is being charged with being a member of a terrorist organization.
Erdogan said the following regarding the subject:
"In Turkey, the principle of the separation of powers, as the legislative, executive and judicial, is very susceptible to the branches interfering in each other’s domains. As you know, during the period of [former president] Sezer, there had also been a parliamentary speech almost placing the judiciary over the other branches. And those statements received much criticism. Because there is no time in which the judiciary can have superiority over the executive, or the executive over the judiciary, or the legislative over the others. Each must provide service in the domain specified in the constitution. In this process, it is a grave error to refer to any of our generals, particularly former Chief of General Staff Ilker Basbug, as “a terrorist organization member” in the conventional sense. This is inexpiable.
"Although those who make this accusation may feel secure due to their current position of authority, history will not forgive them. The Turkish Armed Forces may be an organization, but it is not a terrorist organization, it is a constitutional organization. If you say this is the head of the constitutional organization, all right. But when you said it is a terrorist organization, you then render our Turkish Armed Forces as such. There is nothing forgivable about this, it is a grave error.”
An "anti-terrorism" campaign -- focusing on East Turkestan (Xinjiang), home to the Turkic Uighur Muslim ethnic group -- was launched by China’s central government May 23.
Turkish dailies reported Wednesday clashes over the demolition of a statue to a PKK founder, indications that Turkey's foreign minister could take over the prime ministerial post and protests over the death of an unarmed black teen in Missouri, the U.S.
Outgoing Turkish President Gul said 'As far as it seems, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will take over as prime minister'
Turkey's year-end growth forecast increased to 2.7 percent, senior economist says.
The Eritrean capital Asmara becomes Turkish national flag-carrier's 42nd destination in Africa
One person has been confirmed dead after clashes broke out when security forces arrived to remove an illegal statue of a PKK leader.
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz called for the lifting of an Israeli blockade so power can be delivered to Palestinians.
Currently it is estimated that there are almost a million Syrian refugees in Turkey, about 70 percent of whom live outside the refugee camps.
Turkish dailies on Tuesday reported on the claims that Germany's foreign intelligence agency has been spying on Turkey and protests over the death of an unarmed black teen in Missouri, U.S.
Twenty out of 32 suspects accused of conducting illegal wiretapping detained in Izmir, Istanbul and Yalova.
A UN report also asserted that Ethiopia's low level of economic development, coupled with a heavy dependence on rain-fed agriculture and high population growth, made the country particularly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change.
Republican People's Party deputy group chairman Muharrem Ince has announced his intention to stand for the leadership of the party.
The latest ship loaded with northern Iraqi oil left a Turkish port as the amount of oil pumped to Turkey from northern Iraq reached 7.8 million barrels.
Turkey summoned the German ambassador in Ankara over a report that Germany's BND intelligence agency had been spying on its NATO ally for years
Turkish dailies covered German intelligence spying on Turkey and the tragic plight of the Ezidis in Iraq.
A 35-year-old man fired at the embassy building and was immediately caught by security forces.