TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on MAR. 07

Turkish dailies on Friday cover the top court decision to uphold former armed forces chief Basbug's appeal, which paved the way for his release, and Prime Minister Erdogan's statements during a private TV broadcast Thursday night.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on MAR. 07

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Turkish dailies on Friday were almost unanimous in covering the top court decision to uphold former armed forces chief Basbug's appeal, which paved the way for his release, and Prime Minister Erdogan's statements during a private TV broadcast Thursday night.

"Road to release has opened," says the front page of daily VATAN, referring to the constitutional court ruling that the rights of Ilker Basbug were violated, a decision that is considered to have opened the way for his possible release. Basbug was convicted last August of plotting to topple the government as the head of 'Ergenekon' - an alleged conglomeration of hard-line nationalists.

VATAN stresses a synchronicity of seemingly related developments, as President Abdullah Gul signed a government bill into law to abolish special courts which run the Ergenekon case. The Prime Minister's Office published the court ruling in the official gazette 'with jet speed' ahead of the expected release of Basbug later today.

Daily MILLIYET front page suggests the possibility that the constitutional court's ruling can set a precedent for others held over the country's controversial 'coup' cases, - Ergenekon and the Sledgehammer.

Daily AKSAM carries the headline "He is posing a threat to our security," citing a quotation from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's appearance on private broadcaster 'a Haber' relating to Fethullah Gulen. The spot says "Fethullah Gulen's warning to Obama from PM Erdogan," referring to Erdogan's statement that he had a phone call with U.S. President Barack Obama to demand self-exiled Gulen's expulsion to Turkey. Erdogan is quoted as saying "I told Obama 'the source of the unrest in my country lives in your country. Just like you demand people who threaten the U.S. internal security from us, we demand this from you as well.' I am hopeful [that the U.S. will do the necessary thing]."

Erdogan accuses former imam (preacher) Gulen and his followers of forming an illegal organization - which he calls a 'parallel state within the state' and of targeting Turkey's government and threatening its stability.

Daily TURKIYE highlights another statement by Erdogan, headlined "Parallel state revenge team." During his TV appearance, Erdogan likened the 'parallel state' to a revenge squad. "They have been illegally wiretapping for 34 years," Erdogan is quoted as saying. Erdogan also said the Gulen organization has recently been in the peak of its powers."

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