TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on JAN. 6

Turkish dailies mostly covered possible retrial of the convicted from the Ergenekon and Sledgehammer cases, the letter sent to President Abdullah Gul by Muslim scholar Fethullah Gulen, the release of Turkish journalist Bunyamin Aygun kidnapped in Syria, and the death of legendary Portugese footballer Eusebio known as 'Black Panther'.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on JAN. 6

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On the first day of the week, Turkish dailies mostly covered likely retrial of the convicted from the Ergenekon and Sledgehammer cases, the letter sent to President Abdullah Gul by Muslim scholar Fethullah Gulen by means of Turkish journalist Fehmi Koru, the release of Turkish journalist Bunyamin Aygun kidnapped in Syria, and the death of legendary Portugese footballer Eusebio known as 'Black Panther'.

Retrials in Ergenekon and Sledgehammer cases

Daily TURKIYE presented an expression from the Turkish Prime Minister's statement "We look at the retrials positively" as a "historical step from Recep Tayyip Erdogan" regarding the prisoners convicted in the Ergenekon and Sledgehammer coup plot cases.

Daily HURRIYET also published the same topic with the headline "Short Way 301," referring to rehearing formulas which will proceed in favor of indictees in the Ergenekon and Sledgehamer cases.

Covering the same agenda, daily VATAN headlined "July 5 Formula," referring to the July 5, 2012 abolition of the Specially Authorized Courts, which the daily says will be significant for retrial of the cases which sentenced former generals, journalists, business people and NGO workers. The daily also included Erdogan's words that "even the constitution can be amended" for retrials.

Letter sent by Fethullah Gulen

Daily YENI SAFAK headlined "That letter," referring to the letter sent to Turkish President Abdullah Gul by Muslim scholar Fethullah Gulen, calling on Gul and PM Erdogan to stop spreading news against the Gulen movement and the anti-graft operations, which started with the closure of dershanes (private after school tuition centers) and resignations of public officials from their positions after anti-graft operations allegedly related to a structure parallel to the state. Gulen reportedly said, "I think friends from our movement will prefer being quiet too" for the govenment's acts.

Daily STAR published "the story of the letter" written by Fehmi Koru, the journalist who brought the letter to President Abdullah Gul. The article addressed the backstage issues of the letter, described as a "peace offer dropped in the Turkish political agenda."

Daily ZAMAN also included Koru's words, "I brought the letter, the parties are not hostile."

Release of journalist Bunyamin Aygun

Daily MILLIYET announced the release of Turkish journalist Bunyamin Aygun as the best news, highlighting "Bunyamin free after fourty days."

"Bunyamin free" was on daily RADIKAL's frontpage, noting that Bunyamin Aygun was kidnapped in Syria and returned to Turkey on Sunday.

The death of Eusebio

RADIKAL also marked the passing away of Portuguese legend of Mozambican descent Eusebio at age 71, noting that his nickname changed from "Noone (Ninquem)" to "black panther" during his career.

Daily HABERTURK included the death of Eusebio by saying "Portugal mourning" due to the death of the Portuguese football star.

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