SECOND LIGHTHOUSE CASE
German prosecutors have completed the investigation into the second wave of Deniz Feneri e.V. (Lighthouse) case which is considered the biggest donation scandal of German history. German court accepted the indictment.
Chairman of Kanal 7 Zekeriya Karaman, two executives of Deniz Feneri Association and former chairman of Turkey's Supreme Board of Radio and Television (RTUK) Zahid Akman will stand trial in a Frankfurt court. Prosecutors are seeking prison sentence from 6 months to 10 years.
German authorities are waiting for Turkey's legal assistance to start the case. Suspects are charged with forging documents to gain illegal income.
ROTH: OUR CONSERVATIVE POLITICIANS ARE JUST LIKE PAVLOV'S DOGS
Claudia Roth, co-chair of German Greens Party, lashed out at German politicians who reacted to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's proposal to open Turkish high schools in Germany.
"Germany has more than 500 partner school abroad. German language and German culture is taught in these schools. Turkish should be taught in Germany too just as French, English and Russian. Conservative politicians always show the same reaction, just like Pavlov's dogs," she said.
LIVANELI SAYS AGAIN CHP
Director, musician and writer Zulfu Livaneli who left the Republican People's Party (CHP) five years ago said, "circumstances have changed. I always respect CHP chairman Deniz Baykal even if sometimes we had disagreements. I will support CHP as far as I can." Sources said some prominent names from central-right and left wings are prepared to join the CHP.
16 PEOPLE UNDER MATCH-FIXING INVESTIGATION SENT TO COURT
Another 16 people of 24 were sent to the court within the scope of an investigation on match-fixing. 11 people including Murat Cicim, Eser Sen, Metin Korkmaz and Muttalip Kandemir were arrested. Kayserispor coach Tolunay Kafkas and Suleyman Hurman will testify as witnesses.
"NO NEED TO RAKE UP THE PAST"
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan received Bedros Sirinoglu, one of leaders of Armenian community in Turkey and Herman Balyon, vice chairman of the executive board of Armenian hospital. Regarding 1915 incidents, Sirinoglu said, "they happened 100 years ago. There is no need to rake up the past and call it a genocide."
1,000 QUESTIONS TO UZAN FAMILY
Turkish side asked nearly 1,000 questions to Uzan family during three-day sessions under the Libananco case filed against the Republic of Turkey. Hakan Uzan was asked 420 questions and had hard times. Turkish party participated in the sessions with three suitcases full of documents.
"MY GRANDFATHER DIED IN 1915, BUT NO NEED TO RAKE UP PAST"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan received Bedros Sirinoglu, the leader of Armenian community in Turkey. After the meeting, Sirinoglu said regarding 1915 incidents that they should forget incidents which took place 100 years ago. Sirinoglu said, "my grandfather died during the incidents of 1915. But there is no need to rake up the past and call it a genocide."
GUL SPEAKES TO FORBES
President Abdullah Gul spoke to U.S. financial magazine Forbes and made comments on Iran's efforts to have atomic bomb. Gul said he believed that Iran wanted to have atomic bomb for national pride. Iran will not use atomic bomb against Israel, because the country knows that it would also harm Palestinians and Al-Aqsa Mosque, Gul said.
"A FIGHT BETWEEN TWO FRIENDS"
Turkish Prime Minister had separate meetings with Bedros Sirinoglu, leader of the Armenian community in Turkey, and representatives of Assyrian Orthodox Church.
Following his meeting with Erdogan, Sirinoglu described the incidents of 1915 as "mutual affliction of close friends who were made hostile to each other." Sirinoglu said his grandfather died during the incidents and added that "there was no need to call it a genocide and rake up the past."
PROSECUTORS INVESTIGATING FOREIGN LINKS
Prosecutors are working on the biggest ever macht-fixing and illegal bet investigation in Turkey. Police arrested 11 more suspects, including former Galatasaray player Fatih Akyel's agent Metin Korkmaz. Prosecutors are focused on links in other countries following testimonies given by the suspects. It was claimed that suspects had links in Germany, Albania, China, India and Croatia.
MERKEL'S TURKEY VISIT TO BEGIN WITH SCHOOL DISCUSSIONS
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Turkey that will begin on Monday was overshadowed with school discussion. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's proposal on establishment of Turkish schools in Germany caused discussions in Germany. Merkel said, "I do not think this moves us forward, as I think that Turkish children and pupils should go to German schools."
BAYKAL: "WE WILL NOT RACE PACKAGES"
News stories which said Republican People's Party (CHP) would also announce a 6-article constitutional package at the beginning of the week caused discussions in Ankara. Deniz Baykal, the chairman of CHP, said, "we will not race constitutional packages. We are in favor of a comprehensive amendment. Constitution should not be prepared in a hurry."
HSYK CREATES TENSION
Justice Ministry said that a tension was created on purpose after the constitutional amendment package was made public. The ministry reacted harshly to claims that works of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) were blocked.
"HSYK members have been engaged in efforts to create a tension after the constitutional amendment package was made public," it said.
"TWO FRIENDS ANTAGONIZED"
Bedros Sirinoglu, leader of the Armenian community in Turkey, had a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He said the incidents of 1915 were "mutual affliction of close friends who were made hostile to each other."
"There is no need to call it a genocide," Sirinoglu said.
"IT IS GREAT STEP FOR MODERNIZATION OF TURKEY"
European authorities make positive statements regarding the constitutional package that was prepared by the government. Martin Schulz, leader of the Socialist group in the European Parliament, said that the package of the government would approach Turkey one more step to the EU and European values.
2 BLN DOLLARS FROM ISLAMIC DEVELOPMENT BANK
Islamic Development Bank will provide a loan of 2 billion U.S. dollars to Turkey. The loan will be used in energy investments especially for Iraq and Syria railways. It will be also used in the areas of education, natural disaster management and private sector.
HSYK LOOKING FOR CHAOS
Justice Ministry have taught law lesson to members of Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) who prepared a pirate decree in order to dismiss Ergenekon prosecutors.
The ministry said it had the authority and added that HSYK members were willing to create an atmosphere of conflict.
MAKHMOUR MOVE TO SPEED UP
Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay rejected opposition Peace and Democracy Party's proposal on lowering electoral threshold to support government's constitutional reforms.
Atalay said the government would speed up its efforts regarding homecomings from Makhmour as part of the democratic move.
"We are now expecting election results in Iraq. The process will have a better course if stability is achieved," Atalay said.
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 27 Mart 2010, 11:35