TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on JAN. 27

Turkish dailies on Monday cover the attack on the Turkish Nationalist Movement Party's election office in Esenyurt, Istanbul; the accusation made by the Prime Minister against main opposition's mayoral candidate for Istanbul that he allowed unlicensed construction in the city and had ties with the mafia.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on JAN. 27

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Turkish dailies on Monday cover the attack on the Turkish Nationalist Movement Party's election office in Esenyurt, Istanbul; the accusation made by the Prime Minister against main opposition's mayoral candidate for Istanbul that he allowed unlicensed construction in the city and had ties with the mafia; and the main opposition party leader's statements regarding the report that shows that the most important evidence in the Sledgehammer coup plot case has been tampered with.

"Attack on MHP election office," headlined Hurriyet. Press agent of the Turkish Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) was shot dead, and 7 others were wounded in the attack on the party's election office in Esenyurt, Istanbul on Sunday, the daily said.

"Bloody attack on MHP office," was Milliyet's headline. A group of people attacked the election office in Esenyurt district during the opening event, the daily said. The assailants threw stones at the campaign bus and office, and the event escalated when party members retaliated, it added.

"It was an organized attack. There were PKK members among the attackers," Posta quoted MHP Istanbul Deputy Celal Adan as saying.

The accusation made by the Prime Minister against main opposition's mayoral candidate for Istanbul that he allowed unlicensed construction in the city and had ties with the mafia was also widely covered by the Turkish dailies on Monday.

"Collaboration with construction mafia," Aksam headlined. The daily quoted Erdogan as saying that he had the report issued by the Investigation Committee of the Municipality of Sisli. According to the report written by CHP, the Republican People's Party, and published in November 2004, Mustafa Sarigul, CHP's mayoral candidate for Istanbul in the upcoming local elections in March, allowed unlicensed construction in the city and helped the mafia to get elected as a mayor, Aksam reported Erdogan as saying.

Milliyet published a photo of Erdogan showing a building permit included in the report, and quoted the PM as saying to Kilicdaroglu, "You posed with the file (back in the day). Why are you nominating him now?" referring to Kilicdaroglu's picture with the commission report.

Radikal went with the headline "Black propaganda is a loser's game," quoting Sarigul, who responded to Erdogan's accusations on his Twitter page. "You will not be able to stop our big march with slander and defamations," the daily quoted the mayoral candidate as saying.

Another story that made news across Turkish print media on Monday is the main opposition party leader's statements regarding the Tubitak report that shows that the most important evidence in the Sledgehammer coup plot case has been tampered with.

Under the headline "Sledgehammer down," Posta wrote that the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey issued a report proving that the "hard disc no. 5" considered the most important evidence in the coup plot case where 237 soldiers were sentenced to 13 to 20 years in prison, was false.

"We have repeatedly said that the evidence (in the case) were false and manufactured. TUBITAK's report proves that the Sledgehammer Case has fallen apart, and innocent people were sentenced to imprisonment on the basis of false evidence. The case needs to be reopened," the daily quoted CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu as saying.

"Parallel disc in four cases," was Haberturk's headline. Hard disc no. 5 with the "false" report does not only concern the Sledgehammer case, but also extends to other coup plot cases including Ergenekon, the daily wrote.

The document titled "Project" in the disc is similar to a document bearing the signature of Colonel Cicek, a defendant in the Ergenekon case, and which was used as evidence against former chief of staff Basbug who was sentenced to life in prison for plotting to depose the governing Justice and Development (AK) Party government.

Sledgehammer ("Balyoz" in Turkish) is an alleged military coup plan by a faction in the Turkish Armed Forces which reportedly dates back to 2003, a year after the AK Party came to power.

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