World Bulletin / News Desk
Former Chief of General Staff İlker Başbuğ on Monday offered his thanks to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for his remarks concerning Başbuğ's trial without imprisonment.
Başbuğ was placed behind bars earlier this year as part of a probe into propaganda websites allegedly established by the military to discredit the government.
Speaking on a TV program on Sunday, Erdoğan said Başbuğ should be tried without imprisonment, and that he has never believed the charges directed against Başbuğ. “I have never found the charges directed against İlker Pasha correct. I think claims that he is a member of a terrorist organization are very ugly,” said Erdoğan.
Başbuğ responded to Erdoğan's gesture with a written statement delivered through his lawyer, in which he said: “I thank Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the sincere and truthful remarks he made about me. Our working together in line with our posts gave us the opportunity to know each other very well,” he said.
Turkey's Diyanet Foundation says its has given $16M in scholarship to foreign students
One injured, 8 arrested at Caglayan courthouse as rival sides in murder trial exchange fire
Operations launched as part of investigations conducted by Chief Public Prosecutor’s Offices across country
Center in capital’s Altindag district to provide healthcare services to mainly Syrian refugees in Turkey
Reinforcement commando units arrive at Syrian border near southern Hatay’s Reyhanli district, says military source
Air force launches strikes close to border late Tuesday, military says
Fifth Avenue premises will be 'important bridge' to US market for Turkey, says economy minister
BIST 100 index rises 0.36 pct while US dollar/Turkish lira rate falls 3.48
Kurdish Regional Government 'ignoring' Ankara, Erdogan says, warning sanctions would not be 'ordinary'
Do not let FETO terrorist group poison African countries' ties with Turkey, says Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz
2 leaders discuss controversial planned referendum by Kurdish Regional Government a week from now
Turkish CHP’s deputy chairman says government should give deadline to Kurdish Regional Government to cancel referendum
Current reform agenda pushed by Washington 'not what we understand from the word 'reform'', Turkish president says
Soldier also martyred during anti-PKK operation in southeastern Mardin province
BIST 100 index rises 0.26 pct while US dollar/Turkish lira rate stands over 3.44
Number of new businesses increases by almost 50 percent compared to same month last year, according to latest figures