Former Zaman columnist Mümtazer Türköne released from jail following Erdoğan ally’s call for his retrial
Former Zaman daily columnist Mümtazer Türköne has been released from jail following Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli's call for his retrial. Türköne's lawyer Figen Çalıkuşu has said she believes the release came after the Court of Cassation overturned the sentence following an appeal.
A civil servant working for Turkey's Social Security Institution (SGK) was fired from his job on the basis that he sent his children to schools run by followers of the exiled Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, even though the man does not have any children.
26 judges and prosecutors that were removed from their posts by decree earlier this month on the basis of having ties with what the government calls the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) were appointed to their posts following the failed July 2016 coup attempt, according to a report in the daily Cumhuriyet.
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has scolded former AKP deputy Mehmet Metiner on live TV after the former lawmaker claimed that Gülenists are still appointed to posts in the state. "I want to say that I was very saddened. I accept Metiner's remarks on TV as insults against me. I don't find it appropriate for people who can contact me to address me through the press," Soylu said.
Former army chief İllker Başbuğ last month in his testimony reiterated his stance on the Gülen network being responsible from drafting a 2009 legislation which paved the way for civilian courts to try military personnel and pointed the finger towards the then Justice Minister, according to newly surfaced information. “I think that the addressee of the issue is the then Justice Minister and Justice Ministry bureaucrats when the bill was submitted to parliament,” Başbuğ reportedly told prosecutors.
A pollster conducted a survey to understand if religious sects and communities have discredited themselves in the eyes of the Turkish public following the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, which is widely believed to have been undertaken by the Gülen movement. The survey found that some 9.7 percent of Turkish parents are still willing to send their children to schools affiliated with religious sects, if the government was ever to allow the opening of such schools.
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu released a message to mark the fourth year anniversary of the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt. "We will never forget our 251 martyrs who lost their lives for democracy, just like we won't forget those who allowed FETÖ infiltration into the state," Kılıçdaroğlu said on Twitter, using an abbreviation of the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).
Turkish Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın has said that the United States' decision to not extradite Fethullah Gülen undermines the spirit of alliance between the two countries. "Allowing FETÖ members to live without serving sentences following the July 15 coup attempt, mainly in the U.S. and Europe, harms our bilateral relations," he also said.
T24 news portal editor-in-chief Doğan Akın was acquitted of charges of 'aiding a terrorist organization without being a member.’ Akın received this accusation after reporting on a Twitter phenomenon known as “Fuat Avni” that gained attention for its occasionally accurate predictions of Turkish political events.
Hundreds of lawyers gathered in front of a courthouse in Istanbul on June 30 to protest a draft bill submitted to parliament by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). "They want lawyers to refrain from talking about politics, but we'll do so until we die. We need to protect human rights and the superiority of law. I'm telling Ankara from here; The bars won't be silenced. We won't bow down and obey," Istanbul Bar head Mehmet Durakoğlu said.
The ruling AKP government and social media platforms have a love-hate relationship. The AKP loves using social media tools to spread its own narrative and propaganda, but they are highly disturbed that opposition voices can be so loud on the very same platforms.
Police have wounded two survivors of the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt during their protest in front of the AKP headquarters in the capital Ankara. Following scenes of police brutality, Minister Soylu invited representatives of the group to the ministry to voice his support to them. "I stand with you as long as I'm alive," Soylu reportedly told the group.
The AKP instructed Turkey's National Intelligence Agency (MİT) not to provide the army with information regarding military officers dismissed over their ties to the movement of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, according to former army chief İlker Başbuğ's lawyer İlkay Sezer.
CHP asks when AKP official will be summoned to testify after ‘confessing Gülen network’s political leg’
Turkey's main opposition CHP spokesperson Faik Öztrak has said that an AKP official who recently resigned from his post had "confessed" about the ruling party "being the political leg" of the Gülen network. He asked if prosecutors will summon former AKP official Emre Cemil Ayvalı to testify over his comments, as they did for former army chief İlker Başbuğ.
Turkey accuses Twitter of protecting ‘terrorists’ after company removes gov’t-linked propaganda accounts
Turkey has accused Twitter of trying to protect "terrorists" and "redesign Turkish politics" after the company took down accounts linked to the AKP for pushing propaganda, spreading misinformation and attacking critics of the government. "We would like to remind this company of the eventual fate of a number of organizations, which attempted to take similar steps in the past," Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said.