TURKEY-PRESS SCAN (2).
I DON'T LIKE HIM, BUT...
Turkish State Minister & Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc referred to the situation of journalist Tuncay Ozkan who has been under arrest as part of the Ergenekon case for 22 months and said, "He is a journalist I do not like, however, we cannot tolerate injustice".
Arinc, who said last week "journalist Mustafa Balbay's cry should be heard", noted that the 102 soldiers whose arrest warrants under the Balyoz case were cancelled during the latest Supreme Military Council (YAS) meeting were being "protected". "Some people protected them and they are now free despite the law's ruling," Arinc said.
CRISIS AT HSYK AGAIN
The appointments of Ergenekon judges and prosecutors locked the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) meeting this year as well. Sources said that HSYK's legist members wanted to appoint 2 alternate members to the courts in charge of the Ergenekon case and to remove from office Istanbul Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor Turan Colakkadi and Ergenekon prosecutors. Upon such development, Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin withdrew the relevant decree.
NO PROBLEM IN RELATIONS WITH U.S., TURKEY'S TOP DIPLOMAT SAYS
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said there were no problems in Turkey's relations with the United States. However, Davutoglu is set to send his undersecretary to Washington D.C. for high level talks. The Turkish delegation headed by Feridun Sinirlioglu is expected to appeal to the U.S. administration to ask for help to mend ties with the U.S. Congress in the aftermath of Turkey's deteriorating relations with Israel against warm ties with Tehran. The Turkish delegation is expected to explain to the U.S. officials that Turkey's foreign policy axis is not shifting.
ISTANBUL UNIVERSITY AMONG TOP 500 IN WORLD LIST
Turkey's Istanbul University was named among the top 500 universities in the world. The Turkish university ranked 424th. The top ten includes eight universities from the United States.
MESUT OZIL SIGNS WITH REAL MADRID
German midfielder Mesut Ozil, who signed with Real Madrid, appeared at a news conference at Santiago Bernabau Stadium. Former Werder Bremen player said Real coach Jose Mourinho called him on the phone and convinced him to join the Madrid side. "I am very happy to be here with Real Madrid and I am honored to get this chance. I have always wanted to be part of the best team. That's why I am here," he said.
ERDOGAN: "MORE COMPREHENSIVE CONSTITUTION WILL COME"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the constitutional amendment package would be a key to a more comprehensive constitution. Erdogan said, "September 12 will be a milestone. It will be a new beginning for law, justice and social state."
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)