An Istanbul prosecutor has presented his final sentencing opinion regarding the case of Deniz Yücel, demanding a prison sentence of up to 15 years and three months in jail for the journalist. Yücel was jailed in Turkey from February 2017 to February 2018. After his release, he returned back to Germany.
The fourth hearing in the second 2015 Ankara bombing case -- which was split to allow for the prosecution of fugitive suspects -- took place on Feb. 13. Özlem Alev Demirel, a Turkey-born German MEP, was barred from observing the hearing in the Ankara courthouse.
Faruk Güllü, the owner of a chain of restaurants specializing in the popular regional desert baklava, has been sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison on charges of being a member in an armed terror organization by an Istanbul court. Güllü was convicted on the basis of alleged connections with Fethullah Gülen, the exiled, US-based Islamic preacher that the Turkish government accuses of being behind the July 2016 failed coup attempt.
Nine students who were arrested for performing the Chilean feminist dance Las Tesis are suffering from financial consequences. Aylin Şahin's student loan payments were discontinued because of the investigation against her, and Leyla Mavili was kicked out of her dormitory after police notified the administration of her arrest.
Turkey's Constitutional Court unanimously rejected the second appeal by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) to annul the controversial Kanal Istanbul project that includes building an artificial canal to split Thrace vertically. CHP's appeal suggested repealing an amendment to bill 7416 that included Kanal Istanbul and similar waterway projects within the Build-Operate-Transfer model.
President Erdoğan and Justice Minister Gül have separately commented on the case of Kadir Şeker, who has been arrested pending trial after killing the abusive boyfriend of a woman while trying to save her from getting beaten up. Erdoğan said Şeker has “exhibited a humane and conscientious" stance, while Gül said the trial process will show if the murder was generated by “unjust provocation” or was an “act of self-defense.”
The Ankara Municipality is working on securing loans in order to fund the construction of a new metro line in the capital, said Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş on Feb. 11. The line is planned to run six stops from the central Dikimevi station to the east, ending at the Nata Vega shopping mall in the district of Mamak.
Turkish police on Feb. 11 detained a cancer patient woman upon her arrival in Istanbul due to an arrest warrant. She was later dispatched to the Bakırköy Courthouse, where the court on duty gave an order for her arrest. Kesler (53) faces charges of "making terror propaganda" and "insulting" President Erdoğan in a Facebook post. She was dispatched to a hospital after fainting in the courthouse.
An Urla art house hosting photo exhibitions will be closed down as of the end of February, in line with a decision taken by the government-appointed trustee. The elected mayor of the district was removed from duty on Dec 18, 2019 over alleged links to the Gülen network.
A professor from Yıldız Technical University was protested by students for his comments that implied the Jan. 24 Elazığ quake that killed 33 people was caused by the government's attempts at banning underage marriages. "By saying that marriages at the age that Allah deems helal are rape, let us not offend Allah," Gencer said. The university administration opened an investigation into his posts, and students walked out from his class on Feb. 10.
The head of Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate, Ali Erbaş envies the Middle Ages papacy, said main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Deputy Faik Öztrak. Erbaş had said during a Quran course opening Feb. 8 that anyone who supported the courses would be rewarded in heaven.
The number of child sexual abuse cases filed in Istanbul has increased in the last two years, according to a report prepared by the Istanbul Bar Association. A total of 5,254 abuse cases were launched in 2018 and 2019 in the province, said the report.
The victims of the Oct. 10, 2015 ISIS double suicide bombing on a peace rally are being commemorated by a group of activists with "tree blankets" in Ankara's Kuğulu Park. The knitting group started off making blankets for those who were wounded in the attack and as gifts to babies born afterwards.
A 6.8-magnitude earthquake that hit the city of Elazığ last month has caused surface rupture on the floor of an area lake, creating a white lineament that stretched for one kilometer along the water's surface. The Karakaya lake, located in Elazığ's Sivrice district, was the hypocenter of the earthquake, or the point in the earth at which the rupture from a quake begins.
Aimed at expediting judicial processes, the judiciary reform package of Oct. 24, 2019 added the 'expedited trial' and 'simple trial' methods to Turkish legislation. While the first application of the expedited trial method was a success, getting the defendant convicted and out of the courthouse in 19 minutes, experts have concerns about how well the 'American-style' methods fit into the Turkish judiciary.