TURKISH PRESS REVIEW JAN 22

Turkish dailies covered sentencing of policemen, found guilty of causing the death of a demonstrator during 2013's Gezi Park anti-gov’t protests and the reaction from the victim's mother, as well as Erdogan slamming latest Central Bank decision and the turmoil in Yemen.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW JAN 22
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Several Turkish dailies on Thursday covered the sentencing of policemen, found guilty of causing the death of a demonstartor during 2013's Gezi Park anti-government protests in Istanbul. 

A Turkish court sentenced two policemen to a minimum of 10 years in jail for willful injury and three others to almost seven years. Television footage shows that Ali Ismail Korkmaz was beaten with clubs and kicked in the head, prior to his coma, which eventually led to his death. 

Two other policemen were acquitted due to lack of evidence. 

"Cry for justice," headlines HURRIYET on its front page, referring to the reaction from Korkmaz's mother following the ruling. 

"Is this the justice that this country has? My son's life should not have been that cheap," Emel Korkmaz, the mother, wailed in front of the courthouse in central Turkey's province of Kayseri, according to the daily.

"She stood frozen," says VATAN of the mother, as it noted that the sentence was the lowest possible, despite the prosecutor's request for life in prison.

In other news, STAR quotes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the front page as saying, "The Central Bank did not get the message," referring to interest rate cuts. The Central Bank on Tuesday decreased its benchmark rate by 50 basis points. 

Erdogan said, "This decrease is of no use" to fix the economy's problems and create more jobs or encourage more investment.

Interest rates are a matter of debate in Turkey, with government officials repeatedly criticizing the central bank's tight money policies as limiting economic growth. 

Meanwhile Ahmet Davutoglu, the Turkish premier, was in Davos for the annual World Economic Forum, where he delivered a speech.

STAR titles "New vision call for World," quoting the premier's remarks. Davutoglu stressed that Turkey had taken over the G20 presidency for 2015 and called for a "new and more inclusive world order." 

In other news, MILLIYET focuses on the police operation against officials from Turkey's highest science institution as well as from the country's telecommunications agency, who were allegedly involved in illegal wiretapping, namely of crypto phones. 

MILLIYET says the crypto phones, which were handed to high officials in Turkey, were "targeted" intentionally, based on an expert's report on the matter. Crypto phones are cellphones that are normally secure from unwanted surveillance.  

YENI SAFAK mentions Erdogan's remarks: "It was not only 60 times that they tapped my phone, they did it limitlessly."

The daily, on its front page, also addresses the turmoil in Yemen between western-backed President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi's guards and an armed rebel group, allegedly loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, ousted in 2011 during the Arab Spring. 

"Iran seized Yemen," headlines the daily, referring to a power struggle between Yemen's neighbor Saudi Arabia and Iran, which supposedly backs the Shiite rebel Houthis. 

www.aa.com.tr/en

 

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