Turkish charity organization Kimse Yok Mu (KYM) has signed a landmark agreement with the African Union (AU), paving way for close cooperation between the two entities to further aid, education and development efforts in Africa.
April 27, 2015
The lawyers of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen filed both a civil lawsuit and criminal complaint against Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu over the prime minister's claims about their client.
Police officers and a senior journalist who remain behind bars despite a recent high court decision to grant their release pending trial have said that they are “captives,” as there are no legal grounds for them to be held under arrest.
Efforts by pro-government judicial members not to implement a Saturday court ruling for the release of Samanyolu Broadcasting Group Chairman Hidayet Karaca and 63 police officers who are being held in pre-trial detention at Silivri Prison have drawn strong criticisms from representatives of political parties and press unions.
April 26, 2015
The Turkish aid organization Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There) dispatched a team on Sunday to Nepal, which was struck by a 7.9-magnitude earthquake that left around 2,000 people dead on Saturday, and pledged it would give TL 100,000 in donations for the tragedy.
Sir Graham Watson, a British politician and former member of the European Parliament, has described the situation of journalist Hidayet Karaca, who was not released by a prosecutor despite a court order, as a "travesty of justice.”
A lawyer representing journalist Hidayet Karaca, Gütekin Avcı, said the public prosecutor who refused to comply with a court ruling in favor of the release of his client and 75 police officers, cried over government pressure.
Turkey has, perhaps for the first time, seen a public prosecutor prevent the implementation of a court decision, regarding a recent ruling for the release of journalist Hidayet Karaca, the top executive of the Samanyolu Media Group, and 63 police officers who are being held in pre-trial detention at Silivri Prison.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu claimed that the decision by Istanbul’s 32nd Court of First Instance to release Samanyolu Broadcast Group CEO Hidayet Karaca and dozens of prominent police officers ‘was an attempted coup.’
In an apparent result of growing political pressure on the members of Turkey's judiciary, public prosecutors have refused to comply with a court order for the release of Samanyolu Broadcasting Group CEO Hidayet Karaca and scores of police officers who were arrested pending trial in government-orchestrated operations targeting the police force starting July 22.