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.
Pegasus Airlines laid off a pilot for comments he made on the Feb. 5 crash at Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen Airport where a plane skidded off the runway, killing three and injuring 180. "The country is like a truck with busted brakes," Altan had said.
A man died of a heart attack after attempting to set himself on fire in front of the Hatay Governor's Office on Feb. 7, local authorities said. Adem Yarıcı had reportedly been unemployed for some time, and said "My kids are hungry" before setting himself on fire.
Turkey's largest agricultural fair, the 15th Agroexpo International Agriculture and Livestock Fair, opened its doors this week in Izmir. “Our fundamental target is to create production that is in harmony with nature, and ensure local development by increasing prosperity and making it possible for everyone to access healthy and affordable food,” said Izmir Mayor Tunç Soyer.
Despite a court's decision to cancel the transformation of the İsmail Tarman Middle School in Istanbul's Beşiktaş district into a religious school, the school remains closed. Area residents have been staging demonstrations every day based on the fact that their children are being prevented from going to the shuttered school.