The Consitutional Court said that a lower court's refusal to implement its decision on the release of Mehmet Altan has violated the journalist's “right to personal liberty and security.” Accordingly, it ordered that Altan should be paid 30,000 Turkish Liras ($5,025) in compensation. The top court also warned lower courts to abide by its rulings.
Turkey's Court of Cassation, the high court of appeals, has for the second time demanded the acquittal of the former Cumhuriyet staff. The ruling came after a lower court upheld its conviction of the journalists, defying a September decision by the higher court and exposing discord in the judiciary.
Following the deadly earthquake in the province of Elazığ that killed 41 people last month, geologist and earthquake expert Dr. Naci Görür wrote in a series of tweets that the expected major Istanbul earthquake will be at least a 7.2 on the Richter scale, with an epicenter in the Kumburgaz area of the western suburb of Büyükçekmece.
A schoolteacher in the district of Silopi in the southeastern province of Şırnak has been punished for sharing a post on Facebook where he quoted the late influential Islamist politician Necmettin Erbakan, criticizing tax increases on gasoline and diesel fuel. An investigation was opened against the teacher, who was subsequently punished by being sent to another school far away from the one at which he was previously teaching.
Istanbul residents will soon start using a mobile application at public transportation turnstiles, the municipality said. While a pilot program will be available March, the application eventually aims to make the Istanbulkart subscription, Istanbul's transportation card, into a tool that can be used for multiple purposes.
An expert's report prepared by the gendarmerie has said that 15-year-old Gezi Park victim Berkin Elvan was "partly to blame" for his own death. The report said that Elvan had not “looked after his own safety meticulously” due to his being in an area where “non-peaceful protesters” were existent.
An Istanbul man attempted to send a notarized warning letter (“ihtarname”) to President Erdoğan due to his remarks targeting the opposition during the electoral period. The notary's office called the police, who detained the man and initiated a legal process against him on charges of “insulting the President.”
Responding to a report about an armed individual, a watchman was injured by a bullet from a colleague's gun that ricocheted. While one of the watchmen was grazed on the head by a bullet shot into the air by one of their colleagues, the two other watchmen sustained stab wounds from the aggressor.
The Governor's Office in the Marmara town of Bursa will demolish 24 school buildings after inspectors determined that they would be risky in the event of an earthquake. Students from 15 of the schools will be transferred to the closest school in their district.
An Istanbul court has sentenced 27 Boğaziçi students each to 10 months in jail on charges of "spreading terror propaganda" for staging a protest on the campus opposing Turkey's Afrin operation. The court postponed the execution of the sentence for 20 students.
Istanbul police have detained 16 people in an operation carried out against members of a Russian criminal organization after determining that they arrived in the city to murder another gang leader. During the raids, the leader of the Russian group, Andri Malyi, two Ukrainians, one Russian, four Georgians and eight Azerbaijanis were detained. Police seized one Kalashnikov rifle, 11 pistols and plenty of bullets in the operation.
A high-speed train that crashed into a locomotive at a station near the capital of Ankara in 2018, resulting in the deaths of nine people, was found to be uninsured, according to a recent statement from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Deniz Yavuzyılmaz.
Police detained 14 ISIS suspects in anti-terror operations conducted in the capital Ankara and the southern province of Adana on Jan. 29. Those detained in Ankara are suspected of ISIS membership and communicating with the conflict zones abroad, while those in Adana are of Syrian origin.
An injured cat that members of the Antalya Fire Department rescued from the rubble of the 6.8 quake was transported to the Mediterranean city to continue its life as the city's municipal cat. Named "Toros" by the mayor after the city's iconic mountain range, the cat is being treated at the animal hospital.
Following the submission of a bill to parliament by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) that seeks to widen the powers of the watchmen that have been patrolling the streets of Istanbul and other cities in Turkey since 2017, critics are concerned that the government is attempting to create a parallel police force and establish its own army.