April 27, 2015

African Union and Kimse Yok Mu sign landmark agreement to further aid efforts in Africa

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.

Gülen’s lawyers file civil suit and criminal complaints against Prime Minister Davutoğlu

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.

Prisoners not released despite court order voice frustration over unlawfulness

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.

Politicians, press unions slam delay in implementation of ruling to release Karaca

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

Turkish charity sends team to Nepal, donates TL 100,000 to aid earthquake victims

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.

Lawless rule of law

Günal Kurşun

Yesterday, the İstanbul 32nd Court of First Instance ordered the release of Hidayet Karaca, CEO of the Samanyolu Broadcasting Group, and some 63 police officers who had been arrested previously.

Former European Parliament member says Karaca’s case a travesty of justice

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.”

Lawyer says prosecutor who blocked release of Karaca, officers cried over gov’t pressure

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 witnesses paralysis of justice system as court ruling not enforced

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 PM: Releasing arrested media CEO was a coup attempt

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.’

Court ruling for release of journalist Karaca, jailed police officers ignored

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.