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On Tuesday, Turkish dailies mostly covered the costly vacation financed by a Turkish businessman, of Istanbul Prosecutor Zekeriya Oz who led major cases like Ergenekon coup attempt and an ongoing anti-graft operation, Ergenekon prisoners' message to the government saying their possible retrials should not be heard by special courts, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s injuring herself when skiing in alpine Engadin region of Switzerland during her Christmas holiday.
Prosecutor and Dubai vacation
In a headline “The sponsor makes out the invoice,” daily YENI SAFAK wrote about the case filed by Turkey’s top judicial body HSYK into the one-week Dubai vacation of Istanbul Prosecutor Zekeriya Oz, which cost TL 77 thousand. The daily said that Oz, who conducted the ongoing anti-graft operation which started on December 17, claimed to have paid the expenses himself, while a Turkish construction mogul stated the vacation was financed by his company.
Daily VATAN covered the same story with the headline “High bill for Dubai trip,” quoting AK Party deputy and head of Parliament’s Constitutional Committee Burhan Kuzu as saying in a televised interview on Monday that “A written indictment against Oz could be started by another prosecutor” if any proof is found that the businessman paid for the trip in exchange for his interests.
Meanwhile, Daily POSTA said “Dubai dilemma,” publishing that a statement by the businessman’s company confirmed it had paid for the trip, just four hours after Oz said he had paid himself.
Possible retrials and situation of special courts
Daily HURRIYET headlined ”Don’t leave us at the mercy of our executioner,” mentioning the message by Ergenekon prisoners at Silivri- including former Chief of General Staff Ilker Basbug- delivered by the Union of Turkish Bar Associations Metin Feyzioglu, saying that the possible retrials of cases on past coup attempts should not be conducted by special courts. The daily quoted the prisoners's message as saying, “Don’t leave us at the mercy of our executioner.”
“The only exit is reform,” said Daily CUMHURİYET, covering the same story and writing that a full-fledged reform should be undertaken in the judicial system to remove the duality caused by special courts.
Daily TURKIYE said “Her foot slipped” in reference to the skiing accident of German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her Christmas holiday in alpine Engadine region of eastern Switzerland. The daily depicted the accident as a “second shock” for Germany after seven-time Formula One (F1) World Champion Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident last week.
Daily MILLIYET also published the accident on its front page, saying, “She fractures her pelvis.” The daily said the chancellor has to rest for three weeks, canceling all her scheduled foreign and official visits during that period.