TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on JAN. 8

Turkish dailies mostly cover the decision of Turkey’s General Staff military court regarding the death of 34 people in Uludere in 2011, the reshuffling in Ankara Police Force and Turkish PM Erdogan’s visit to Japan.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on JAN. 8

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On Wednesday, Turkish dailies mostly cover the decision of Turkey’s General Staff military court regarding the death of 34 people in Uludere town of southeastern Sirnak province in 2011.

The court has taken a decision of non-jurisdiction over the five suspects concerning "the plea of negligence about the killing of 35 people on the southern border in Uludere town of Sirnak province."

The reshuffling in Ankara Police Force and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Japan also made the front pages of today’s dailies.

“There is a mistake and nobody is guilty,” writes daily Vatan regarding the military court’s decision on the Uludere event, where the Turkish jets bombed Uludere and killed 34 people whom the military presumed were members of the terrorist organization PKK.

Daily Haberturk covers the same story with the headline “Order of the law,” saying that the strike decision was taken in accordance with the Turkish Parliament and Council of Ministers.

Daily Taraf headlines “Nobody returns from the operations,” in reference to the reshuffling in Turkey’s police department, where three of the police chiefs who were removed from their positions learned their dismissal after returning from an overnight operation.

“Adjustment to Supreme Council of Judges and Public Prosecutors (HSYK)” says daily Milliyet, covering the legislative proposal for making the minister of justice a higher authority over the council.

Milliyet also publishes on its front page Erdogan’s remarks during his visit to Japan on Tuesday, quoting him as saying “We do not aim to be a regional power.”

The daily says the Prime Minister uttered the above sentence with respect to the events in Syria and Turkey’s policy on the issue. Turkey does not aim to be a global or regional power, but only aims to do its part to maintain peace in the region, the daily quotes him as saying.

Daily Sabah and Daily Turkiye publish on their front pages the reassignment of Istanbul Prosecutor Zekeriya Oz who led major cases like Ergenekon coup trial and an ongoing anti-graft operation.

The daily says Oz’s relocation came after it was revealed that he enjoyed a costly vacation abroad financed by a Turkish businessman who was one of the suspects of the graft probe.

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