World Bulletin / News Desk
Former Higher Education Board (YÖK) President Kemal Gürüz was detained on Monday after prosecutors overseeing the probe into the Feb. 28, 1997 unarmed military intervention referred him to court, requesting his arrest for his role in the 1997 coup that forced a civilian government to resign.
Specially Authorized Ankara Public Prosecutor Kemal Çetin referred Gürüz, who testified for about three hours at the Ankara Courthouse, to the Ankara 12th High Criminal Court for arrest. The court complied with the request and ruled in favor of Gürüz's arrest.
On Friday, police detained several civilians in relation to the ongoing investigation. Gürüz, one of the suspects, could not be detained or summoned to testify as he was abroad. He returned to Turkey on Sunday.
In his first statement to the press, he said: “I used the powers vested in me by the law. I never overstepped those. I have nothing to be ashamed of. I don't know what Feb. 28 is.”
Two people were taken into custody and detention warrants were issued for two others on Friday as part of the sixth wave of operations in a deepening investigation into the Feb. 28, 1997 unarmed military intervention, popularly known as the postmodern coup.
Prosecutors involved in the Feb. 28 investigation earlier this year seized documents and correspondence between Gen. Çevik Bir, the general who led the intervention, and Gürüz, strengthening suspicions that the former YÖK head played a major role in the 1997 coup. The documents were relayed to the West Study Group (BÇG), which was established by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) to carry out the fight against religious fundamentalism and which kept records of the ideological and religious backgrounds of academics and university students.
A message signed by Bir on July 14, 1998, and sent to Gürüz, demands that a new education system be adopted to discourage students from attending religious imam-hatip high schools. The correspondence is believed to suggest the application of a lower coefficient to calculate the university admission exam scores of graduates of vocational high schools, including imam-hatip high schools. The YÖK General Council held a meeting on Aug. 30, almost 45 days after Gürüz received Bir's letter, in which such a coefficient system was discussed. It was subsequently put into practice in 1999. The new system made it virtually impossible for graduates of vocational high schools to attend university.
Gürüz was detained in 2009 as part of the investigation into Ergenekon, a clandestine criminal network accused of being nested within the state bureaucracy and working to overthrow democratically elected governments, but was later released pending trial. An indictment in the Ergenekon case asserted that Gürüz was working to “shape university administrations” both during his term in office at YÖK and after he retired. According to the indictment, Gürüz tried to influence appointments of rectors to universities even after his retirement.
Fifth hearing held into death of man who died in intensive care after being severely beaten by unidentified people during the Gezi Park protests
Media organizations banned from broadcasting parliamentary commission investigating four former Turkish ministers until Dec. 27.
President Erdogan said all may take part in solution process, but that sabotage would not be tolerated.
With the ongoing war in Syria, nearly 3 million children deprived of their human rights are struggling to survive in refugee camps. The Mardin-Syrian Assitance Platform President Mehmet Timuragaoglu, has called out for aiding these children.
Former Turkish president says instability spreading across Mideast due to inability to find solution in Palestine.
Discrimination, xenophobia and Islamophobic and racist accusations against Turks in Netherlands are unacceptabble says Turkey's Foreign Ministry spokesman
Ankara's 4th High Criminal Court acquits retired brigadier on charges of killing Turkey's 8th president
"These attacks deepen the existing problems in Libya and the atmosphere of conflict and scupper efforts to resolve the crisis by peaceful means."
18th International Business Forum, hosting companies from around the world, runs from Nov. 26-30
Wednesday’s newspapers cover riots in U.S. following a controversial grand jury decision over the killing of black teen as well as pro-Kurdish party delegation’s upcoming visit to imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan
Current legislation on justice reform does not constitute interference with the judiciary, ministry says.
Nearly 33,000 pairs of shoes, found to contain harmful chemicals, were lost at customs and some have reached the market.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has said Turkey’s consumer price inflation and unemployment rates are likely to rise.
Five Turkish citizens questioned by police about the murder of a Serbian basketball fan in Istanbul.
Turkish premier calls for joint committee to share resources on Cyprus, calls for restart of unification talks
More than 14,000 civilians, majority of them from the Alevi community, were killed in a military offensive in Dersim province in 1937.