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Apr 25, 2012

Turkish police detain fund chairman, general over 1997 coup

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Police detained the chairman of Turkey’s army pension fund, a powerful military-run industrial conglomerate, on Wednesday in an investigation of a military intervention that drove the country’s first Islamist-led government from power in 1997.

A police sweep, which also brought the arrest of a senior retired general, brought to around 50 the number detained in the latest of a series of judicial probes calling generals to account for a history of military takeovers as well as alleged coup attempts.

Apr 2, 2012

Turkish coup victims call General Evren to account

ANKARA (Reuters) – Leftist student Erdal Eren was just 17 when Turkey’s military hanged him after seizing power in a 1980 coup.

His cousin Gokhan is now among thousands calling the now silver-haired, 94-year-old coup leader General Kenan Evren to account in a trial this week which many Turks hope will help heal wounds from a history of military takeovers.

Mar 28, 2012

Top general’s court battle for honour divides Turks

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Raising a clenched fist to supporters and storming at one point from the courtroom, former military chief Ilker Basbug has cut a defiant figure defending the army’s prestige at his trial for terrorism. But the extraordinary scenes have stirred mixed emotions among Turks and raised questions about the way a sprawling coup plot investigation is being handled.

“The Turkish army has never been defeated,” one fellow officer told General Basbug in court at the start of his trial this week in the Silivri high-security prison where the former commander has been jailed since January.

Mar 27, 2012

Turkish c.bank holds rates, takes hawkish tone

ISTANBUL, March 27 (Reuters) – Turkey’s central bank held
all of its key interest rates steady on Tuesday and pointed to
reductions in the volume of cheap cash it supplies to banks,
also warning it can tighten policy further if need be to tame
inflation.

The bank, seeking to support the lira currency while also
trying to stimulate a flagging economy in a complicated policy
mix, left its main one-week repo rate at a record low of 5.75
percent.

Mar 20, 2012

Platini and Turkish PM have talks before UEFA Congress

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and UEFA President Michel Platini discussed a match-fixing investigation which has overshadowed Turkish football in talks ahead of UEFA meetings in Turkey this week, newspaper reports said on Tuesday.

Erdogan, himself a former footballer, met Platini at the ruling AK Party’s headquarters in Ankara on Monday ahead of the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Istanbul on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mar 20, 2012

Soccer-Platini and Turkish PM have talks before UEFA Congress

ISTANBUL, March 20 (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip
Erdogan and UEFA President Michel Platini discussed a
match-fixing investigation which has overshadowed Turkish soccer
in talks ahead of UEFA meetings in Turkey this week, newspaper
reports said on Tuesday.

Erdogan, himself a former footballer, met Platini at the
ruling AK Party’s headquarters in Ankara on Monday ahead of the
UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Istanbul on Tuesday and
Wednesday.

Mar 2, 2012

Top Turkish generals face coup plot questions in court

SILIVRI, Turkey (Reuters) – Two former heads of Turkey’s armed forces were called as witnesses on Friday in the trial over an alleged conspiracy to overthrow the government in 2003, starkly demonstrating the battered image of a once all-powerful top brass.

While the generals’ influence has waned dramatically over several years, the summoning of two ex-chiefs of staff from NATO’s second largest army to give evidence on the same day was unprecedented.

Feb 20, 2012

Moves to question Turkish spy chiefs quashed

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – State prosecutors have abandoned an attempt to question Turkey’s spy chiefs over past secret contacts with Kurdish militants after government moves to curb their investigation of the intelligence agency (MIT), state media said on Monday.

In his first comments on the affair, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who had pursued concession to end a 28-year-old conflict, rejected talk in media and political circles of a power struggle drawing in police, judiciary and the MIT.

Feb 17, 2012

Turkish spy row hits Kurdish peace, democratization move

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A prosecutor’s investigation of Turkey’s top spy has exposed a deep rift between police and the intelligence agency which could scupper efforts to end a Kurdish separatist insurgency and damage the government’s democratization efforts.

The crisis, driven by police concern about the activities of National Intelligence Agency (MIT) spies uncovered by police operations against Kurdish militants, has also fed speculation, denied by both sides, of a row between the government and an influential Islamic movement.

Feb 13, 2012

Turkish officials aided Kurdish militants – prosecutor

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Turkish investigation of links between Kurdish activists and militants has uncovered evidence of state officials aiding the separatists, a prosecutor said on Monday, fuelling speculation about a power struggle within the security apparatus.

The statement from the Istanbul state prosecutor’s office coincided with police raids across Turkey to detain around 100 people over alleged ties to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the same investigation.

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      "I am based in Istanbul where I cover a broad range of financial and general news. I joined Reuters in Ankara in 1996 and left Turkey to work in London in 2000. I returned to Istanbul in 2003."
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