An Istanbul prosecutor demanded aggravated life sentences for journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak on Dec. 11 in the case into the “media arm” of the Fetullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ), believed to have been behind the July 2016 coup attempt.
Turkey’s ongoing state of emergency violates basic human rights including the right to life, prominent human rights associations in the country have stated, as the European Convention on Human Rights marks its 69th year.
Turkish authorities have started to profile drivers most likely to cause road accidents, in a bid to reduce accidents, which kill 7,500 people every year.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has described Israel as a “terror state,” while urging leaders of Arab countries to act following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
An aircraft technician who was part of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s helicopter flight crew on the night of the coup attempt in 2016 was released on Dec. 8, after being arrested on suspicion of using ByLock, the encrypted messaging application said to have been used by followers of U.S.-based Fethullah Gülen.
Turkish lawmakers will begin 12 days of debating of the 2018 budget at parliament on Dec. 11, when Finance Minister Naci Ağbal presents the government’s budgeting plan.
Turkey on Dec. 9 condemned Israel’s “use of disproportionate force” on Palestinians protesting the U.S. president’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Cooperation on security between Turkey and its neighbor Iran is “vital” for the region, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on Dec. 9.