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Turkish dailies on Tuesday covered the setting up of Turkish Parliament’s inquiry committee on corruption allegations, the government’s decision to increase sentences for child abuse and the death of a woman who was beaten to death in Istanbul.
“17th December at parliament,” titled the daily HABERTURK adding, “Allegations against four former ministers were discussed at the Turkish Parliament. Three former ministers defended themselves and denied allegations. After discussions, an inquiry committee has been set up.”
VATAN daily headlined, “First defense,” while MILLIYET daily said, “A committee for four (former) ministers.” Some dailies reported reactions against a decision not to broadcast the session on corruption allegations. “Curfew to national will,” ZAMAN daily headlined. “Melda TV on live,” said HURRIYET daily while BUGUN headlined, “Live broadcast by iPad,” referring to a member of the main opposition Republican People’s Party, Melda Onur who broadcasted the session through her iPad.
The Parliament has set up an inquiry committee nearly five months after the sons of three of the ministers were arrested on suspicion of corruption during a raid last year. Former Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan, Interior Minister Muammer Guler and Urbanization Minister Erdogan Bayraktar resigned from their posts as a result. EU Minister Egemen Bagis was discharged in a cabinet reshuffle. Caglayan, Bagis, and Guler on Monday addressed the general assembly in defense.
Turkish dailies also covered the government’s decision to increase prison sentences for crimes against children, particularly for sex crimes. A draft bill prepared by the Family and Social Policies Ministry was discussed during the Cabinet meeting on Monday. The government decided to act as a result of six-year-old Gizem Akdeniz’s murder in the southern province of Adana’s Seyhan district. “Heavy penalty without hesitation,” AKSAM daily titled, adding that Family and Social Policies Minister Aysenur Islam defended capital punishment for child abuse during the meeting. MILLIYET daily said, “Tougher sentence for sex crimes,” while VATAN daily titled, “Whoever abuses children will be punished severely.”
Some dailies also dedicated their front page to death of a woman in Istanbul. “I beat her as usual. But she died this time,” STAR daily quoted husband. According to reports, the husband beat his wife due to a disagreement over who would receive money paid by the municipality for their disabled child. After beating his wife, the husband took her to hospital where she died. The husband has been taken into custody. MILLIYET daily titled, “Another murderer.”Last Mod: 06 Mayıs 2014, 11:54