TURKEY-PRESS SCAN (1).
HIGH JUDICIAL BOARD REASSIGNS TWO JUDGES AHEAD OF CRITICAL TRIAL OVER ALLEGED COUP ATTEMPT
High Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) reassigned on Tuesday two judges at two Istanbul criminal courts just 48 hours before the trial of nearly 200 military officers begin in what is publicly came to be known as "the Sledgehammer," an alleged coup plot against the government. Judges Zafer Baskurt and Erkan Canak were assigned to Gebze and Sakarya, respectively. Both judges are known for their dissenting opinions in the case of Ergenekon, an alleged criminal network.
ECHR RULES AGAINST TURKEY IN PARTY CLOSURE CASE
Europe's top human rights court on Tuesday convicted Turkey for shutting down People's Democracy Party (HADEP) back in 2003, ruling the country violated the freedom of assembly and organization. The court also ordered Turkey to pay 24 thousand euro to party's former secretary-general, Turan Demir.
Police Department's former deputy head Emin Arslan, who earlier claimed that justice had been deceived as a result of several tapping activities, delivered a similar statement to the public prosecutor this time. Arslan testified as a witness yesterday as part of the investigation on the murder of journalist Hrant Dink. In his deposition to the prosecutor, Arslan reiterated his previous allegation that "the telephone switchboard of Milliyet daily had been illegally tapped".
JUDGE LEAVES TWO DAYS BEFORE BALYOZ CASE
Balyoz case, during which 196 suspects including names like Ibrahim Firtina and Cetin Dogan will be tried, starts tomorrow. Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) took a surprising decision yesterday and assigned Zafer Baskurt, the legist expected to lead the case, to Gebze as a judge. Baskurt had previously objected to arrests and cast a vote for the release of Mehmet Haberal.
ENERGY SUMMIT WITH RUSSIA
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Ivanovich Sechin will arrive in Istanbul today to discuss energy projects. Russian Energy Minister Sergey Ivanovich Shmatko will accompany Sechin during his visit to Turkey. Nuclear power plant that will be constructed in the southern province of Mersin, Samsun-Ceyhan oil pipeline and natural gas will top the agenda during meetings between Turkish and Russian officials.
PREMIER ERDOGAN RANKED SECOND IN TIME MAGAZINE
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was ranked the second in the Person of the Year List of Time magazine with 148,000 votes. Julian Assange, the founder of the website WikiLeaks, was ranked the first and pop singer Lady Gaga was in the third place in the list.
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