Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş has filed a lawsuit against Melih Gökçek, the mayor of Ankara from 1994 to 2017, for using the money allocated for the renewal of a waste water treatment facility for other purposes. Yavaş accuses Gökçek of “abusing authority” and “causing damage on the environment by negligence.” Gökçek, from the AKP, is widely known for his eccentric and costly projects, such as erecting a 10-meter-long dinosaur in the middle of a roundabout in Ankara.
The municipality of the northern province of Çorum spent nearly six million Turkish Liras (nearly one million dollars) on decorative fountains around the city. An opposition lawmaker claimed that nearly half of total costs were funneled into only two companies.
Children of miners who died in Turkey’s biggest accident visit fathers’ graves on anniversary of disaster
The children of the 301 miners who died in the largest mining accident in Turkey's modern history visited their fathers’ graves on the anniversary of the disaster. Though people under 20 have been under curfew for nearly two months, kids rushed to their fathers’ graves during a four-hour exemption on May 13.
Gazi University Faculty of Science Dean Orhan Acar resigned from his post after he was caught looking at female students' pictures secretly. The footage caused uproar on social media, with thousands of Twitter users urging him to resign late on May 12.
A lawmaker from Turkey's main opposition presented a parliamentary question to the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry, inquiring about domestic meat prices that have skyrocketed during the COVID-19 outbreak. Gürer asked whether it was normal for one kilo of meat to cost as high as 100 Turkish Liras.
Istanbul police have detained a man for attempting to burn the entrance door of an Armenian church in the Bakırköy district. "I burned it because they brought the coronavirus [onto Turkey]," the man was quoted as saying in his testimony.
Istanbul prosecutors have charged four pilots, an airline company executive and two flight attendants for their alleged roles in former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan to Turkey and from there to Beirut.
A sexual abuse survivor who was subjected to abuse by two men, with one being a religious official, said that the abuse had been ongoing for 12 years. Despite the criminal complaint, the religious official was not detained or arrested.
The lawyer of Halis Bayancuk, dubbed Turkey's ISIS leader, has said that his client must be freed "since his speeches are based on Islam." "ISIS and al-Qaeda say, 'Democracy is kuffar' and call the rulers who don't rule with Islamic principles 'taghut.' My client also accepts non-Islamic governance as 'taghut' and says democracy is 'kuffar.' However, he says these because these concepts are included in the Quran," the lawyer said.
Mesut Özdemir, the head of an Islamist association, has said that men can break their fasts during Ramadan by having sex with their wives "if they miss them so much." "Let me tell you, maybe you'll find it weird. A person can break his fast by having sex with his wife if he missed her so much. This exists in the Islamic law," Özdemir said during a TV show titled "Believer Youth" aired in the fundamentalist Akit TV.
A religious official in the Kargı district of the northern province of Çorum was suspended from his post after sexually assaulting a minor with the driver of the district's mufti. The official, as well as the driver, were suspended following a criminal complaint filed by the child.
The Turkish government’s historical research authority (TTK) revealed that its new director had violated official protocol and commenced his duties prior to his official assignment to the post.
Istanbul’s May Day under COVID-19 measures ends up with detentions, police confrontation, a destroyed wreath
Istanbul police detained the chair and 25 members of one of Turkey's largest labor unions on the morning of May 1, International Workers' Day also known as May Day. The confrontation took place as police blocked the march of Chair Arzu Çerkezoğlu and a group of representatives to Istanbul's Taksim Square, the site of the 1977 Workers' Day massacre and the traditional address for May 1 demonstrations. The group were released in the afternoon of May 1 after giving official statements.
Main opposition Deputy Chair Özgür Özel’s parliamentary question about the Presidency’s use of state aircraft was left unanswered as the vice president lacked information and redirected the inquiry to the Transportation and Infrastructure Ministry. The latter noted they had no information on how many aircraft were used by the presidency, or why.
Turkey’s military spending in 2019 increased to $20.4 billion, a 86 percent rise compared to 2010, according to an annual report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Turkey is 16th in the report’s military expenditure rankings, with a world share of 1.1 percent.