Prosecutors have launched an investigation into a news report on pilgrims who allegedly did not undergo a medical check up after returning to Turkey from Saudi Arabia. The news report said about 500 pilgrims were directly sent home, with several of them defying the 14-day quarantine rule and spending their time outside their houses despite the authorities' calls for social distancing amid coronavirus outbreak.
The Istanbul Governor's Office has refuted the allegations that a Tunisian national who was denied entry into Turkey was battered by the security personnel at the Istanbul Airport. The man in question had inflicted self-harm by hitting his head to the door where he was being held, said the governor's office.
Turkey's court of cassation ruled the 2009 death of a truck driver from the swine flu (H1N1) a work accident, the broadcaster Habertürk reported on March 10. The ruling allowed the driver's family to receive financial aid, help that would have otherwise been extremely difficult to receive.
A Turkish soldier and three local Syrian security personnel were killed in a car bomb attack in Ras al-Ayn in northern Syria, the governor's office of Şanlıurfa said on March 12. The attack occurred within the area of Turkey's "Peace Spring Operation."
A preliminary report prepared on a Pegasus Airlines plane that crashed at Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen Airport in February has said that the pilots commenced "manual braking" with a delay of six seconds after the landing.
A secret witness testifying in the trial of a man accused of being a follower of the US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen said that Gülen's followers tried to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by having him fall off a horse in 2003. The secret witness, known as 'Zaman,' testified that Gülenists poisoned a horse named Cihan that Erdoğan rode and fell off of during the opening of a park in the Bayrampaşa district of Istanbul.
Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency has claimed that Greek police are digging a trench along the border and have placed fences along the Evros River, a relatively safe crossing for migrants. Migrants at the Turkey-Greece border have been exposed to tear gas and plastic bullets from both sides since Ankara's Feb. 28 decision to allow migrants to cross into the European Union.
Akdeniz University featured an academic they'd laid off in a promotional video for International Women's Day. The academic was laid off with a state of emergency decree concerning the peace petition "We will not be party to this crime," signed by over 1,000 academics who came to be known as the Academics for Peace.
Former Justice Minister Şevket Kazan died March 9 at the age of 86 in Ankara. He was known and highly criticized for wanting to defend the assailants of the Sivas Massacre of 1993 that killed 37 people, mostly Alevi intellectuals. He also made controversial comments about the 'One Minute of Dark for Lasting Light' protest of Feb. 1, 1997, where citizens condemned the Susurluk Scandal in which government-police-mafia ties were revealed by a traffic accident on Nov. 3, 1996.
The planned metro station of the new Istanbul Airport will be located 300 meters away from the airport. Kadri Samsunlu, CEO of the IGA firm that runs the airport, acknowledged that the extensive distance was due to a planning error while speaking to Turkish journalist Fatih Altaylı. However, Samsunlu said that establishing a connection using electric or autonomous vehicles might be possible.
A textile firm based in the northwestern province of Tekirdağ has filed a lawsuit demanding compensation from the family of one the company's deceased workers, who was killed during a worksite accident after he was electrocuted. The company demanded 147,952 TL on the grounds that Fedakar caused the company “financial and spiritual harm.”
Former Diyarbakır Mayor Selçuk Mızraklı from pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) was sentenced to nine years and four months in prison March 9, a year after he was elected by a landslide and six months after he was replaced with a trustee. "The ruling on Selçuk Mızraklı will show the Kurdish people that they don't have the right to elect their own government," said Mızraklı's lawyer Mehmet Emin Aktar.
Turkish police's side-organization "Reinforcements" conducted nearly nine million body searches in 2019, an activity report by Turkey's General Directorate of Security Affairs revealed. The Reinforcements Directorate conducted 8,944,100 body searches in 2019, the report said, and some 1,171,188 security investigations and archive searches were carried out.
Online con artists, who continually implement new methods geared toward scamming social media users, recently tried to use a facsimile of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's signature in order to gain access to people's personal information. By using images of Erdoğan, his signature and the AKP logo, scammers claimed that regardless of the bank, those holding credit card debt of up to 2500 TL would have their fees returned to them.
Like thousands of other migrants, Ali and Haluk are attempting to cross the Turkish-Greek border after Ankara announced it would open its border gates with Greece and Bulgaria.