World Bulletin / News Desk
The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government revised three articles of the Code on Criminal Procedure (CMK) in Parliament on Sunday and, with the new changes, has abolished the country's specially authorized courts.
According to the changes to the CMK, the specially authorized courts will continue to oversee all terrorism and coup-related cases that are still ongoing until a final verdict is reached.
Thus the new amendments to the CMK will not have an effect on cases related to Balyoz (Sledgehammer), a suspected coup plot believed to have been devised in 2003 with the aim to unseat the AK Party government through violent acts; Ergenekon, a clandestine terrorist organization charged with plotting to overthrow the government; and the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), an umbrella organization that includes the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and other related organizations.
Furthermore, prosecutors have been granted the right to initiate investigations of terrorism or anti-government crimes without acquiring prior permission from a court.
The advanceof ISIL insurgents to within sight of the Turkish army on the Syrian border has piled pressure on Ankara to play a greater role in the U.S.-led coalition.
"Immediately subsequent to the 2015 elections, all parties in the parliament should free themselves from prejudice and come together to write a new constitution based on reconciliation," Erdogan said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "We will fight effectively against both ISIL and all other terrorist organizations within the region; this will always be our priority."
Concerns Kiev could stop gas flow to Turkey and construction of nuclear plant on agenda for Taner Yildiz.
Turkish government's motion for military action against ISIL is extensively covered by Turkish dailies on Wednesday.
The Syrian Kurdish People’s Defence Units (PYD), a strong affiliate of the Kurdish separatist PKK terrorist organization, asked for weapons from Turley to fight the ISIL.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker called on Turkey to 'lift barriers' for American investment in the country.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said a special 'solution process council' will guide government's efforts to solve the Kurdish issue.
The newly-submitted motion, seeking parliamentary mandate for military action, cites the rising threats on southern borders as a motive.
A Turkish warship was harrassed in international waters, while a Turkish training aircraft was tracked in international air space.
Turkey's energy minister says the strength of the dollar has made next month's price hike inevitable. But Turkish consumers currently pay lowest prices for gas among EU countries.
Tuesday's papers covered Turkish army's deploying armored vehicles and tanks along the Syrian border after mortar rounds fired by ISIL militants fell on Turkish territory.
Rumors have been circulating the media that the ISIL had surrounded the base at the Suleiman Shah tomb and taken patrolling Turkish soldiers “hostage” since last December.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said parliamentary mandates that sanction cross-border operations in Iraq and Syria will be boosted.
Relations between Egypt and Turkey have taken a turn for the worse since Morsi's ouster by the military.
Interior Minister Efkan Ala called on the UN and nations to assist with the refugee crisis on Turkey's southern border.