A court has released a man detained over attacking a doctor in the Black Sea province of Trabzon. İhsan Aydın was detained after the incident and was referred to a court, which released him on condition of judicial control and sentenced him to house arrest on April 28. Two dentists, identified only by their initials as A.I. and B.A., were also attacked in Istanbul on April 29.
Prosecutors’ investigation widens to include Diyarbakır Bar Association after criticism of top cleric
Turkish prosecutors have extended their investigation into bar associations over their criticism of Diyanet head Ali Erbaş, who last week suggested that "homosexuality causes illness." After the Ankara Bar Association, the Diyarbakır Bar Association also now faces charges of “insulting religious values.”
Death fasting musician İbrahim Gökçek's father Ahmet Gökçek said that his son wants to live and urged people to raise their voices to save him. "İbrahim has been on a death fast for 315 days. His situation is critical. He is mentally very strong and has been resisting. He can also follow the current events and can talk to us. He was deeply shook when his friends died, but continues his struggle with resistance," he said.
A police officer has shot dead 17-year-old Syrian Ali al-Hamdan in the Seyhan district of the southern province of Adana. Although Adana Governor's Office said that he was wounded "accidentally" when police fired warning shots to the air, footage shared on social media showed Hamdan shot in the heart.
Turkish grocer Şok under fire over reports of forcing staff to work overtime due to weekend lockdown
Turkish grocery chain Şok is under fire over reports that it is abusing its workers by extending working hours during the coronavirus outbreak in order to make up for hours lost to weekend lockdowns. One of the Şok workers told Bianet that she had been forced to work 12 hours a day last week and had been threatened by managers not to talk to journalists about this issue.
The Positive Living Association, a non-governmental organization advocating the rights of individuals living with HIV, has urged Diyanet head Ali Erbaş to apologize for his remarks targeting the LGBT community and HIV-positive individuals. Saying that Erbaş's statements contradict logic, science and law, the association noted that he discriminated the society with hate speech.
A man reportedly released from prison with a recent judicial bill beat his wife and took his children hostage using a long-barreled weapon in the capital Ankara on April 25. He was detained after a police operation. Later in the day, Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office released a statement, saying that the man wasn't released with the bill.
The influential businessman, philanthropist and civil society activist Osman Kavala has penned a letter from prison, where he is being kept for over 900 days, saying that he can't keep his optimism due to "the fact that the understanding that doesn't recognize universal legal norms as binding and that uses laws arbitrarily via stripping them of their legal basis has gained legitimacy in the judiciary."
Turkish prosecutors seek up to 18 years in jail for eight journalists for report on intel officer’s funeral
Turkish prosecutors are seeking up to 18 years in jail for eight journalists over a report covering the funeral of an intelligence agent killed in Libya. The journalists are accused of violating Turkey's intelligence laws, even although the intel agent's name had been previously made public by an opposition lawmaker.
Turkey’s Constitutional Court has found rights violation in the case of three protesters beaten by police during an anti-government protest in the wake of Reyhanlı car bombings in 2013. The court fined the state to pay 12,500 liras ($1,790) to the complainants as compensation and demanded that the prosecutors launch a new lawsuit to determine the identities of the police officers responsible for the violence.
Public employees dismissed by statutory decrees (KHK) have said that they have been denied a cash assistance of 1,000 liras ($143) given by the government to families hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak. HDP deputy Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu has taken this issue to the agenda of the parliament, asking Family, Labor and Social Services Minister Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk which reason the ministry cited for turning down sacked civil servants' applications to benefit from the coronavirus aid package.
DİSK chair Arzu Çerkezoğlu said that Workers' Day will be celebrated on social media amid the coronavirus pandemic and a symbolic commemoration ceremony will be held in Taksim's Kazancı Hill to remember the victims of the 1977 attack. "For the first time in history, working class in the world won't be able to meet in the cities' most central squares in masses. However, despite these circumstances, world laborers will unite with the demands of jobs and income that fits human dignity, as well as social security," she said.
A man who was arrested over stabbing his wife in the southeastern province of Antep has beat his 11-year-old daughter Ceylan to death upon released from prison. The incident caused uproar on social media, since the country has been experiencing a surge in the number of violence against women and femicide cases.
The HDP has filed a complaint against Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency over a story on n "a woman, who got married at the age of 14, waiting for her husband to get out of jail," saying that it normalizes and promotes child sexual abuse. "Making the marriage of a 14-year-old child seem legitimate is without a doubt a crime and shouldn't be left unpunished," the HDP said.
A number of Turkish bars have slammed the Turkish Bar Association for unilaterally asking for the cancellation of the judicial recess, saying that it's early to make such a request when the course of the coronavirus pandemic is unknown. "Making this in a period that the danger posed by the coronavirus is ongoing is not different from murder," Istanbul Bar head Mehmet Durakoğlu told Duvar.