Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu
Denizli Governor prompts fury for ordering restaurant to be closed because waiter didn’t recognize him
Denizli Governor Ali Fuat Atik has prompted fury for ordering a restaurant to be closed because a waiter working there didn't recognize him. Following criticism on social media, Atik apologized, saying that he was saddened by his approach to the man. Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu also commented on the incident, saying that he found it appropriate for the governor to apologize.
An indictment has been prepared with the charges of “insulting a public official” against lawyer Cahit Kırkazak, after he criticized police for sexually harassing a woman as they took her into custody during a protest in Ankara last year. "No individual or institution was targeted in my post. This reaction is a perverted masculine mentality,” Kırkazak said of the indictment.
A Twitter post shared by top court member Engin Yıldırım stirred controversy, with the government condemning him for "giving a coup message." "The lights are on," tweeted Yıldırım on Oct. 13 with a picture of the court's building, prompting the Interior Ministry to respond by sharing its own building. The row came hours after a local court unconstitutionally ignored the top court's ruling on a former CHP deputy.
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has slammed journalist Barış Terkoğlu over a column he penned regarding the minister's links to religious groups on Oct. 12. "I haven't received education from any faith group. I would've said if I did. Everyone knows that I read a lot in the past. Islam can't be learned in the filthy gatherings that you got your ideology," Soylu said. "I'm not a man breastfed by embassies," he added.
Turkish Interior Minister slams reports of religious cults’ infiltration into state as ‘provocations’
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has denied reports that religious cults infiltrated into the state. Soylu's remarks came following debates on religious cults' infiltration into state institutions, mainly the Health Ministry. "They are lies. They are provocations," Soylu said, adding that no such infiltration is the case in any of the state institutions.
Interior Minister Soylu has bragged about mistreatment of drug dealers, as he said that drug dealers and the mafia should not be treated leniently. "The CPT report said that mistreatment exists towards drug dealers and this stems from me. Don't be tolerant towards drug dealers and the mafia. If there is a price to pay, I'm ready to do so. These two groups feed each other. Do what's necessary and put the blame on me," he said.
An investigation into Amedspor in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır has proven Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu's claims on the club acting on orders from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) false. “In every way, Amedspor is the most transparent team in Turkey that can provide the most accounting," former club chair Metin Kılavuz said.
MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli has called for restructuring Turkey's top court in line with the presidential system, as he also deemed the court's recent rulings on rights violations "flawed." "A Supreme Court that doesn't contradict with the presidential system, which speeded up Turkey's democratization process, that no longer is the focus of debates and that's democratic, effective and fair would add to Turkey's power," Bahçeli said.
A women's prison in southeast Turkey banned a book that was co-authored by the chairman of Turkey's Constitutional Court (AYM). The book that was found "suspicious" by the prison is about freedom of expression.
Perpetrators, now, know that no matter what they do, they will not be punished. They will walk free; at worst, they will be sentenced to the minimum penalty. They know how to convey certain messages to certain people. The worst part is that it is the government that taught them these clues over time.
Dinçer Demirkent writes: Interior Minister Soylu said that the head of the Constitutional Court would be unable to commute to work without his protection team. What he meant was that he was the Minister who assigned the security team to the judge, implying he might just remove them. By doing so, Süleyman Soylu openly violates the article 138 of the Turkish Constitution; basic principle for the independence of the judiciary.
A member of Turkey's Constitutional Court has criticized Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu for targeting court head Zühtü Arslan. "The judges are independent. They issue rulings in accordance with the Constitution and the law. The legislative and executive bodies need to abide by court rulings and these bodies can never change them or delay their implementation," court member Engin Yıldırım said on Twitter.
Turkish politician urges journalist Terkoğlu to ‘be careful’ about Interior Minister’s threatening comments
Workers Party (TİP) deputy Barış Atay has urged OdaTV journalist Barış Terkoğlu to “take care of himself” after the latter was targeted by Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu. The minister referred to Terkoğlu as a “tramp” and claimed that the journalist "is the man of the other."
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.
Musa Orhan, a sergeant who was arrested last month in the repeated rape of 18-year-old İpek Er, has been officially dismissed from his post in the military. Orhan was initially detained in July upon complaints from Er's family, but was subsequently released. He was then arrested in August but released a week later, in a move that critics say reflects the policies of the ruling AKP.