The total number of people behind bars in Turkey reached 264,842 by the end of 2018, according to official data released on Dec. 5. This marked an increase of 14 percent compared to the previous year.
The district of Didim in Turkey's Western Anatolian province of Aydın made an official decision on December 4 that stipulated they would not allow animals under the protection of the municipality to be sent to experimental laboratories. In Turkey there are already licensed and official institutions that breed animals for experimental purposes.
The Diyarbakır Chamber of Architects has determined that a large number of buildings are being illegally constructed in certain neighborhoods of Diyarbakır's Sur district, which was subjected to massive destruction in 2015 after a peace process between the Turkish government and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) collapsed, resulting in heavy skirmishes between PKK fighters and Turkish security forces that left a large section of the district in ruins.
The pro-government Sabah newspaper claimed in a story that Amazon has donated some of its Black Friday proceeds to an American organization run by the followers of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen. "Did you know that you can support us through Amazon Smile?" Alp Aslandoğan, a Gülen follower who runs the American-based Alliance for Shared Values (AfSV), said in a tweet.
Five-year-old Efe Tektekin lost his life after being hit by an armored vehicle belonging to the police on Sept. 11 in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır. An expert's report prepared in the aftermath of the incident said that the boy was the "primary negligent party," while the police officer was the "contributory negligent party."
The trial of Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç continued in Istanbul on Dec. 4. The court extended the arrest warrant against the artist so as to obtain his defense. Tunç faces seven lawsuits in total, three of which have been launched on charges of "insulting the president."
The Turkish government spent a total of 130 million TL for services in Syria between 2016 and 2019. The tenders given to Gaziantep companies by the government mostly focused in Syrian towns of Jarablus, Al Bab, Bizaah and Qabasin for projects including construction and renovation of schools and hospitals.
In an attempt to lower costs, Turkish Airlines will no longer offer rakı, gin or vodka on short flights. On international flights over six hours, THY will only offer one brand of whiskey in economy class.
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.