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Turkish key coup attempt generals do not make defense after lawyers’ absence at court

Turkish key coup attempt generals do not make defense after lawyers’ absence at court

Lawyers of former general Mehmet Partigöç, who appeared at an Ankara court on May 29 in the trial regarding events at the General Staff Headquarters on the night of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, did not show up at the hearing.

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French journalist held in Turkey on hunger strike: Press freedom group

French journalist held in Turkey on hunger strike: Press freedom group

A French journalist held in Turkey for over two weeks has begun a hunger strike to protest his detention, press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on May 23.

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Turkey grants consular access to detained German journalist Meşale Tolu

Turkey grants consular access to detained German journalist Meşale Tolu

Turkey has given German consular officials permission to visit journalist Meşale Tolu, a German citizen detained on charges of advancing “terrorist propaganda,” a spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry stated on May 29.

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Police detain finance manager of Turkish daily Sözcü after warrant

Police detain finance manager of Turkish daily Sözcü after warrant

Police detained the finance manager of critical daily Sözcü on May 23, days after detention warrants were issued for four of the newspaper’s staff members as a part of an investigation into the Gülen movement

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Prosecutor issues arrest warrant for license holder of daily Sözcü

Prosecutor issues arrest warrant for license holder of daily Sözcü

The Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office on May 27 issued an arrest warrant for the license holder of daily Sözcü as a part of an investigation into some of the daily’s staff over their alleged links to the Fethullahist Terror Organization.

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Court arrests two Turkish hunger-striking educators on terror charges

Court arrests two Turkish hunger-striking educators on terror charges

An Ankara court on May 23 ordered the arrest of two educators, Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça, who have been on hunger strike for over 75 days in protest at being dismissed from their posts through state of emergency decrees.

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Main opposition CHP decries arrest of Turkish hunger strikers

Main opposition CHP decries arrest of Turkish hunger strikers

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has slammed the arrest of two educators who have been on hunger strike for more than two months, calling on the government to “not cause an unforgettable disgrace to humanity."

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Euro court says freedom expression violated in case of draft novel seizure in Turkish prison

Euro court says freedom expression violated in case of draft novel seizure in Turkish prison

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on May 23 ruled that freedom of expression was breached in the case of the seizure of a draft novel written by a prisoner in the eastern Turkish province of Erzurum in 2004.

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