A security officer in the capital Ankara was caught after stealing a bag full of 4.5 million Turkish Liras from the bank vehicle he was driving. The officer dropped off his colleague at a branch, parked the security vehicle nearby and drove away in a friend's vehicle.
An Istanbul court on Sept. 7 handed down 40 aggravated life sentences plus over 1,300 years to the gunman in the 2017 New Year’s attack on an Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack at the time, saying it was an act of revenge for Turkey's military involvement in Syria.
Journalist Candemir briefly detained for comments critical of Ottoman-era TV series ‘Diriliş Ertuğrul’
Turkish police on Sept. 7 detained Oktay Candemir as part of an investigation against the journalist for his media posts and articles said to be critical of the Ottoman-era TV series "Diriliş Ertuğrul." A day later, Candemir was released under judicial control measures and a travel ban as a per a court order.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced that the reopening of schools on Sept. 21 will begin with preschool and first-grade students. “This implementation can show difference depending on the city, due to the course of the epidemic,” Erdoğan said on Sept. 7.
Turkish experts have protested a Turkish private university in North Macedonia as it admits law students without the requirement of the national higher education exam, although alumni are permitted to practice law in Turkey. HDP deputy Rüştü Tiryaki called on AKP deputy Mustafa Şentop, who is the board honorary chairman of the university in question, to explain why Turkish education watchdog YÖK's accreditation guidelines are being violated for this specific university.
The ownership of Turkey’s first pandemic hospital Heybeliada Sanatorium has been transferred to the country's top state religious body Diyanet. The structure on the Heybeliada Island will be used an Islamic education center, daily Sözcü reported on Sept. 5.
Half of Turkish youth are unhappy, while a whopping 76.2 percent want to move abroad, a recent survey has revealed. The leading cause of distress among the youth is money, with the majority of them saying that Turkish political parties do not produce sufficient policies to address their needs.
A number of officials from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have violated the COVID-19 precautions at the wedding ceremony of a lawmaker's son on Sept. 5. Food and beverages were served to customers, in violation of a recent Interior Ministry decree. The wedding also violated a July 24 decree that had banned guests from approaching the couple to pin their gifts on their outfits, often gold or money.
Broadcast ban placed on reports about arrest of Turkish Islamic cult leader charged with sexual harassment
A broadcast ban has been imposed by prosecutors on news reports concerning the arrest of Eyüp Fatih Şağban, the leader of the Uşşaki Islamic cult who was arrested earlier this month on charges of sexually harassing a 12-year-old girl. Voice recordings of Şağban speaking to the girl's father surfaced in which the sect leader pleads with the father to keep quiet about the matter.
Police detained a total of 27 people in a drug bust in the southeastern province of Gaziantep, specifically targeting street dealers. Police confiscated guns, shotguns and a variety of illegal substances in the operation.
A Turkish foundation's university in North Macedonia is admitting law students with merely a high-school degree and does not require any university entrance exam result, as long as the annual tuition of 4,500 euros is paid. Despite this, graduates of International Balkan University's law program can have their degree accredited by Turkey's higher education authority YÖK.
Vecdi Erbay reports: After depriving thousands of villagers of electricity for months, prosecutors have launched investigations against a number of officials from the municipality of Mardin and the Dicle Electric Distribution Company (DEDAŞ). The officials face charges of corruption, bribery and bid rigging.
Three suspects arrested for attack on opposition deputy Atay that followed ‘rapist’ brawl with minister
Three suspects were arrested for the attack on opposition deputy Barış Atay on Aug. 31, hours after Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said the lawmaker would make "a perfect rapist." The minister's insult was a response to Atay's criticism of rapist sergeant Musa Orhan's swift release from prison despite charges of repeated sexual assault.
Turkish Islamist cult group Uşşaki's leader Fatih Nurullah has been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old, OdaTV reported on Sept. 1. This is not the first time that Nurullah is facing accusations of child molestation. OdaTV said that the newest case file includes a telephone recording in which Nurullah partially confessed his crime.
Construction of a wall that would divide the southeastern province of Diyarbakır in half was suspended upon public outcry against the project. The 12-kilometer wall would run along a railway that crosses across the city, essentially dividing it in two.