World Bulletin / News Desk
The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office on Thursday ruled out the possibility of initiating legal proceedings against the president and prime minister, against whom a deputy earlier filed a criminal complaint over an airstrike that led to the deaths of 34 civilians in Şırnak province.
Republican People's Party (CHP) İstanbul deputy Mahmut Tanal, also a member of the parliamentary Human Rights Commission, filed a criminal complaint on May 18 against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President Abdullah Gül and Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel, accusing them of bearing responsibility for an incident in which 34 civilians mistaken for terrorists were killed on the Turkish-Iraqi border near Uludere last December. Tanal claimed they had committed a crime against humanity.
The US officials who provided intelligence ahead of the airstrike, and Turkish military and civilian officials who supplied intelligence and issued the order for the strike should also be prosecuted, Tanal said.
The prosecutor's office said in its ruling that it does not have the authority to prosecute Gül and Erdoğan.
In a written statement released following the ruling, Tanal said the Ankara Prosecutor's Office had requested all documents concerning the involvement of the Turkish military and civilian officials who supplied the intelligence, Özel and the US officials who provided intelligence in the Uludere incident.
Twelve heads of autonomous Orthodox churches, the second-largest family of Christian churches, agreed to hold a summit of bishops, or ecumenical council, in 2016
Construction of the world's fifth largest water tunnel has been completed as a part of a regional development project in the Surac district of Turkey's Sanliurfa province
Prime Minister Erdogan accuses U.S.-based cleric of working against efforts to end terrorism and solve minority issues.
The bus, owned by Kayseri Police Department, toppled over on the highway between Turkey's cental provinces of Kirsehir and Kayseri
The first major museum in Turkey dedicated to toys has recently added to its collection a toy, which was produced in the United States in 1914 as a single toy for Charlie Chaplin's "The Tramp" character.
Ahmet Davutogly will meet with Ban Ki-Moon next week.
Erhan Tuncel, the suspected mastermind behind the killing of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink has been released.
Crew rescued by coastguard after water floods engine room.
Deputy PM Bulent Arinc said investigations have revealed the surveillance of tens of thousands of people.
The Russian plane remained in international airspace, according to a statement on the website of the military General Staff
It will be the first time Turkey's head of state is elected by the voters and not by the parliament following a change of the constitution
A Turkish court has ordered the release of former Chief of Staff Ilker Basbug.
The Turkish NGO appealed to International Criminal Court for fair result in the ongoing Mavi Marmara case against Israel.
Ocalan's supporters see the vote as a make-or-break moment for stalled peace talks aimed at ending 30 years of conflict
Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will back Crimean Tatars to protect their rights amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
Abdullah Gul told reporters under a recently passed law authorities could block access to material on such sites if a person's privacy is violated.