Turkish dailies on Thursday dedicated their front pages to details of a physical assault on a Turkish opposition leader, protests over an Egyptian court's decision to sentence 528 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death and a major fatal traffic accident in the central Turkish city of Konya.


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The HURRIYET daily carries the headline "Fairy tales from Orhan," referring to remarks made by the man who assaulted Turkey’s main opposition party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu. Orhan Ovet's reportedly said: "I didn't receive instruction from someone [to attack him]. I don't have links to any organization. I was just being disturbed by his anti-government and anti-PM remarks."

Ovet has been revealed to be a member of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) while being freed on probation, the daily reports.

"We dismissed him immediately when we've learnt he was a member," MILLIYET quoted AK Party Deputy Chairman Huseyin Celik as saying. The paper also asked "Who was the man in the suit?", adding that CHP officials had reviewed security cameras where it was revealed that Ovet was speaking with a besuited man in parliament.

"Punch is free" said the daily VATAN, reporting on recent attacks on politicians in Turkey. Three politicians have been assaulted in the last four years but their attackers have only received fines. Ovet will also be released with a fine, the daily reports.

A traffic accident in the central Turkish city of Konya was also covered heavily on Thursday.

"Massacre Sleep" says HURRIYET daily in its headline, reporting that the driver of the truck, accused of falling asleep at the wheel, caused a major fatal traffic accident in Konya, killing 10 people and wounding 11 others. Two of the 11 injured were in a critical condition, the daily reports.

Similarly, MILLIYET wrote: "If you sleep, everyone dies," referring to the driver of the truck. The accident took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The truck switched to the opposite lane and ran into a minibus and another vehicle.

Several Turkish dailies covered the Turkish parliament’s reactions on Wednesday to an Egyptian court's decision to sentence 528 Muslim Brotherhood members to death.

With the headline "Egypt Reaction From Parliament" the TURKIYE daily includes a joint statement by four Turkish political parties, saying the court's decision is political, urging it not to carry out the decision, “which will be a shame on the history of humanity”.

"The reactions over decision of Egypt's court keep snowballing. The decision alarmed people while world leaders stand idle," daily YENISAFAK reports, under the headline: "Humanity on edge of a rope."

AKIT carries the headline "Everywhere is Adawiyya". In the article, the paper says hundreds of people have asked for an end to the Egypt's court decision, reacting in protests organized by the AK Party throughout Turkey.

Last Mod: 10 Nisan 2014, 12:18
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