Turkish dailies look ahead to the vote on Monday by an inquiry panel on the fate of four former ministers linked to the Dec. 17 graft probe of 2013. They also covered a commemoration march in eastern Turkey for thousands of Ottoman soldiers who froze to death in World War I


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Most of Turkish dailies on Monday dealt with the crucial vote, by an inquiry commission, which takes place on Monday, on the fate of four former ministers involved in a graft probe. 

HURRIYET says "Now, eyes are on the commission," referring to the vote of the 14-member commission designated to investigate allegations of corruption since May 2014. It is composed of nine members of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, four from the main opposition, the Republican People's Party, or CHP, and one from the Nationalist Movement Party, or MHP.

The vote, which was supposed to occur on Dec. 22, had been postponed. It will decide whether former Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan, ex-Interior Minister Muammer Guler, ex-Urbanization Minister Erdogan Bayraktar and former European Union Minister Egemen Bagis, will be sent to the Supreme Council, also known as the Constitutional Court.

In December 2013, an anti-graft probe targeted several high-profile figures, including the before-mentioned government ministers as well as leading Turkish businessmen.

The government denounced the probe as a "dirty plot" devised by a "parallel state," or structure, headed by U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gulen and his Hizmet movement.

However, SABAH calls the Supreme Council a "political trap" in its headline, citing AK Party MP Mehmet Metiner who believes the Constitutional Court has lost its neutrality. 

"I do not see the Constitutional Court, a product of a coup regime, as the Supreme Council," says Metiner, blaming the court for backing the "parallel structure" and insulting the president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

SABAH also reminds readers that charges against the four ministers were dropped in October 2014 after more than 10 months of investigation. 

Daily STAR adds that going to the Supreme Council would constitute a "new coup plot" since the "parallel structure" has already been "slapped" in all 2014 elections  as the ruling AK Party was victorious in the March local elections and Recep Tayyip Erdogan became Turkey's first president elected by popular vote in August. 

In other news, in southeastern Turkey, an army sergeant, who was assigned to investigate a case of smuggling at the Syrian border, has gone missing since Jan. 1. Authorities suspect that he was kidnapped by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants.

Daily VATAN headlines "In ISIL's hands" as a search and rescue operation has been launched. According to the daily, an army official called the family of the sergeant and pledged that he would be brought back safely to Turkey. 

Dailies also covered the commemoration for tens of thousands of Ottoman soldiers who froze to death during World War I.

 In the last days of 1914, around 90,000 Ottoman soldiers died in a military operation against Russian troops.

Thousands of people gathered and walked 8.5 kilometers with temperatures at around -10 degrees Celsius in the northeastern province of Kars over Allahuekber Mountains. 

HABERTURK says "Turkey marched for its martyrs," as almost 100,000 people joined the march.

YENISAFAK headlines "Freezing outside, burning inside," in reference to a banner carried by some during the march. 

In sports news, SABAH headlines "Lions roared, eagles froze," as Galatasaray defeated Besiktas by two goals in the Istanbul derby Sunday night in the last game of the first half of the season, and the first derby of 2015. 

"The lion makes Fenerbahce leader," VATAN says as the result benefits the third big Istanbul team, Fenerbahce, which end the half-season as leaders. 


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