Main opposition CHP deputy Yavuzyılmaz claimed that various doctors have been issuing fake medical reports which deem a military staff as unfitting to qualify as a commando or which help a military staff to be qualified as a disabled retiree in exchange for money. This phenomenon started to take place after the transfer of all military medical academies and hospitals from the General Staff to the Health Ministry, according to the CHP deputy.
Iskender Erol Evrenoğlu, who passed away in the U.S., was one of the most controversial figures among the recent ‘Islamist personas’ that have recently emerged in Turkey. Evrenesoğlu’s past differs from that of other cult leaders. He had worked as an economy expert at the State Planning Organization for many years.
Inas is a woman who once left her country to become a refugee in another country. She then had to leave that country to become a refugee in yet another country.
The Istanbul 24th High Criminal Court on Dec. 2 lifted a travel ban imposed on prominent journalist Hasan Cemal after an appeal filed by his lawyer. Cemal was in Istanbul Airport to head to Berlin early on Dec. 1, when police seized his passport.
Lawyer Mahmut Kaçan has filed a lawsuit against the Van Governor's Office and demanded that the ban on demonstrations be lifted. The Van Governor's Office said in its defense that the province accommodated many people from two polarized political views, which in return might result in clashes during such demonstrations. The complainant's approach to the issue "overlooks the society's health and peace, is monistic and at one point sadistic,” the governor's office said.
The Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services has told the father of one of the victims killed in the 2016 Beşiktaş bombing that money raised after the attack went to the Solidarity with Martyrs' Relatives and Veterans Foundation of Turkey. A mystery revolves around this foundation as the main opposition CHP previously determined that no one works at the foundation's declared address in Ankara, filing a criminal complaint regarding this issue.
Four years have passed since the murder of Diyarbakır Bar Head Tahir Elçi, with no suspects being named in the investigation. Forensic Medicine Institute employee Mehtap Altuğ reiterated her remarks from 2016 regarding evidence being covered up in the unsolved murder of Elçi, which was followed by her remarks being included in the investigation file.
Responding to a parliamentary inquiry from main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Mehmet Bekaroğlu regarding what the ministry was doing to combat youth unemployment, Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoğlu responded by saying that they conducted a personal development workshop that was attended by 59,292 people. Overall unemployment rates have stubbornly remained in the double digits for the past several, currently standing at 14 percent.
Police witnesses in the ongoing murder trial of slain Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, who was killed by 17-year-old Ogün Samast in front of his office in Istanbul's Şişli neighborhood in 2007, said that restructions came from up to take a photograph of Samast while holding a Turkish flag and posing between two members of the security forces following his arrest.
Unknown assailants wrote "Go away Alevi!" and painted an "X" on the wall of a house that Alevis live in the Gaziemir district of the western province of İzmir, sparking concerns among the Alevi community. An investigation was launched into the incident, which bared similarities with the past attacks on Alevis.
76-year-old retiree Adem Yalçın spent decades in Diyarbakır's central district of Bağlar, before recently purchasing a home from Turkey's Mass Housing Administration (TOKİ), something that he now regrets due to the location and poor quality of the home. Since his home does not have heating, he also does not have hot water, which forces Yalçin and his wife to shower at their children's house.
Istanbul's police department and the Green Crescent (Yeşilay) organization, whose primary goal is to combat tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption and drug use, conducted a workshop at Istanbul Airport that was attended by 1200 police. It was announced during the workshop that police on duty at the airport who vow to quit smoking will be awarded 1.75 gram gold coins, currently valued at 442 TL.
A French woman was detained for allegedly trying to join ISIS in the southern province of Adana. She denied trying to join the jihadists in Syria and said that she was in the province as a tourist. The 21-year-old was later repatriated to her country.
Six state broadcaster TRT employees are facing charges of being members of the Gülenist organization in the case into the killing of Russian envoy Andrei Karlov in 2016 via broadcasting the moment that the ambassador was assassinated by Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş. The fact that the employees recorded the moment of killing via 3G and aired it is a planned propaganda act of the Gülenists, the indictment said.
Ekrem İmamoğlu, an opposition candidate elected this past summer as mayor of Istanbul, has said that state banks are refusing to extend loans to the municipality. İmamoğlu said the city was in need of some $3.5 billion, more than half of it for stalled metro projects.