TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 11

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 11, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 11


TURKIYE
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DIRTY THREATS CAN NOT FRIGHTEN US
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted threats about "Supreme Court" and said, "the opposition threatens us saying, 'your fate will be like Menderes'. Such kind of conspiracies can not disrupt us."
Erdogan said referendum would be a landmark, and noted, "my nation will say 'yes' for progressed democracy, fight against gangs and for a strong Turkey. My nation will bury the coups to the ballot box on September 12."

I ORDERED FOR MAVI MARMARA
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak gave testimony to Israeli commission for Mavi Marmara raid which claimed lives of 9 Turkish people. Barak said, "I have the responsibility for all orders."

ZAMAN
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SOLDIERS GIVE TESTIMONY IN PROBE OVER ANTI-GOVERNMENT INTERNET SITES
Four people including three commissioned officers gave testimony in a probe over a series of Internet sites that besmirched the Justice and Development (AK) Party government. A retired colonel was detained in another city and brought to Istanbul. General Hasan Igsiz and Legal Counsellor of the Turkish Military Staff Hifzi Cubukcu were alleged to have ordered the launch of the probed Internet sites.

ERDOGAN HARD ON OPPOSTION LEADERS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) for following the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) in its defiance of a constitutional reforms package, which is set to be put to referendum on September 12. "Now MHP is a substitute for the CHP. Is it a fitting attitude for the MHP to ally with the status quo of the CHP?" Erdogan told crowds in a rally in the Black Sea province of Rize.

YENI SAFAK
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LUCKY APPOINTMENT TO ACCUSED PROSECUTOR
Tuesday meeting of the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), which discussed summer decree of the Justice Ministry, became a stage to remove Ergenekon prosecutor Zekeriya Oz from his office.
The council put "promotion formula" into effect showing previous complaints against Oz as reason.
As the decree only included appointments, it was learned that the council was planning to appoint Oz to a town in Istanbul as chief prosecutor.
It was also learned that HSYK was carrying out works to appoint defendant of Ergenekon case Chief Prosecutor Ilhan Cihaner, who was accused of implementing coup memorandum bearing the signature of Colonel Dursun Cicek and who was released with an operation of Supreme Court of Appeals, to Ankara or Bursa.

OPERATION WITH HELICOPTER AGAINST TERRORIST ORGANIZATION
Istanbul police launched an operation, backed by helicopter, against the PKK members whom they have been following for a long time.
Police raided cell houses of the terrorists in three towns and detained 21 people, two of them woman.

VATAN
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FORMER MAIN OPPOSITION LEADER ACCUSED OF INFLUENCING COURT TRIAL
Police has built up a case against Deniz Baykal, former leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party, accusing him of attempting to influence fair trial in the Ergenekon case, according to a news report appeared on Channel D, a Turkish national TV channel. Police put together a file made up of Baykal's statements on the Ergenekon case and asked for his punishment for "influencing and threatening" prosecutors and judges. The file is reportedly before Istanbul's chief prosecutor, Aykut Cengiz Engin. The Istanbul prosectuor may send the case to the Turkish parliament to remove Baykal's legislative immunity.

DISNEYLAND FOR TURKISH CAPITAL
Ankara's Mayor Melih Gokcek said the metropolitan municipality was set to open a tender for the construction of a Disneyland in the Turkish capital. Gokcek said the project would cost 750 million U.S. dollars, adding that he expected six million visitors a year.

CUMHURIYET
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JOURNALISTS REACT TO COURT HARSHLY, DEMANDING THEIR RELEASE IN ERGENEKON CASE
Journalists Mustafa Balbay and Tuncay Ozkan appeared before the court for the first time in two months in the Ergenekon case, demanding their release. "Commanders of the armed forces have attempted to stage a military coup partially but me, Mustafa Balbay, has made it to the full extend. Is that it? Please turn to your conscience," an angry Balbay told the judges. Balbay was referring to a court decision which had overruled detention orders for 101 senior officers including generals in a probe over Balyoz (Sledgehammer) case, an alleged military coup attempt. "You cannot hold us here like animals. You cannot hold me here just because I do not have an army after me. What are you charging me with? Show me the evidence," Ozkan lashed out at the judges before he was forced to leave the court room.

ADMIRAL RESIGNS OVER PROMOTION ROW
Admiral Turker Erturk with the Turkish Navy has resigned after a dispute over promotions and appointments within the army. Erturk, former head of the Naval War Academies Command, was not given a promotion after last week's meetings of the Supreme Military Council, which saw crisis between the government and the military. Erturk's name was in a file over the alleged Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup attempt but he was later given a non-suit judgement. Erturk was in London when alleged meeting over the Balyoz took place in Turkey.

RADIKAL
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FIRST EVIDENCES FROM MAVI MARMARA
As prosecutors are searching for evidences in Mavi Marmara ship which was brought to Turkey, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, following Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, testified to an Israeli commission.
Barak undertook the responsibility of the operation and contradicted Netanyahu saying that the government, while deciding for the operation, considered that those in the ship would severely respond.
Israel-UN crisis broke out prior to the first meeting of the commission today.

THEIR LAST HOPE IS UNESCO
278 buildings will be renewed in Tarlabasi district in Istanbul within the scope of urban transformation.
The people applied to UNESCO against the move.

PKK HITS PIPELINE: TWO DEAD
PKK members sabotaged part of Kirkuk-Yumurtalik oil pipeline between Mardin and Sirnak. The flames caused by the blast surrounded two vehicles that were passing by. Two people in one of the vehicles burned to death.
 

HURRIYET
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APPOINTMENTS OF JUDGES, PROSECUTORS YET TO BE DECIDED
Members of Turkey's High Board of Judges and Prosecutors have failed to reach an agreement on the appointments of more than 1300 judges and prosecutors. Differences have surfaced between the elected members of the board and the government wing especially over the appointments of a number of senior judges and prosecutors including those probing and chairing the Ergenekon case. The government is highly likely to postpone the appointments until after a referendum on a package of constitutional reforms.

ISRAELI DEFENSE MINISTER APPEARS BEFORE PANEL OVER GAZA FLOTILLA RAID
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak was the second high level Israeli government official after the Israeli premier to give testimony before an Israeli panel that investigates a deadly Israeli raid that killed nine people aboard a Gaza-bound aid ship. Barak said he took all responsibility for the incident. The defense minister contradicted his own premier when he said Israeli's seven-member security cabinet was well aware that the Israeli intervention to the aid flotilla could cause bloodshed.

BELGIAN TOP DIPLOMAT SAYS COURT CAN FILE CASE AGAINST SUSPECTED KILLER OF SENIOR TURKISH BUSINESSMAN
Belgian Foreign minister Steven Vanackere on Tuesday said a Belgian court could file in a few weeks a case against Fahriye Erdal, the suspected killer of prominent Turkish businessman Ozdemir Sabanci and a member of the outlawed DHKP-C organization. "Erdal is not under custody right now. This is the court's decision," Vanackere said.

MILLIYET
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HAD I ORDERED GENERALS FOR THE COUP?
Tuncay Ozkan, who has been under arrest under Ergenekon case, shouted in his first hearing in two months and said, "why are you keeping me here? Which coup did I make? Which general had taken orders from me?" Ozkan was thrown from the courtroom.
On the other hand, Mustafa Balbay reacted saying, "as the commanders attempted coup less, will Balbay attempt fully? Nazim Hikmet was given a typewriter in the prison 70 years ago. We are not given one now. Adnan Menderes was tried in 9 months and Deniz Gezmis was tried in 15 months."

POLICEMEN TO PROTECT BORDERS
Interior Minister Besir Atalay said a police vocational high school will totally give training as border administration police academy, noting police would protect the border.
Atalay said, "currently, military protects our borders. However, what we should do within EU process, is to establish a new border unit working in connection with the Interior Ministry."

SABAH
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REPORT WHICH LED TO SUMMIT IN CAPITAL CITY
Details of an intelligence report, which led to a security summit under the leadership of Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek after a long time, were revealed.
The report submitted to Erdogan said, "prior to the referendum, provocations will be staged in 30 provinces, like those that had happened in Inegol and Dortyol. Sleeper agents and ex-convicts will be assigned to plot assassinations."
The report also warned that plans were underway to launch activities to daunt policemen.

THEY FELL OUT WITH EACH OTHER
In his statement to the domestic commission about Mavi Marmara ship, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak contradicted Prime Minister Netanyahu. Barak said the government envisaged that there could be violence and thus refuted Netanyahu.
 

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