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Turkish Parliament approves amendments to anti-terrorism legislation
Turkey's Grand National Assembly approved amendments to the country's anti-terrorism legislation on Thursday to bring the legislation more in line with EU freedom of expression standards. Through the amendments Turkey will narrow its definition of (More)
Council of Europe urges Turkey to speed up legislation reform
The Council of Europe on Tuesday urged Turkey to move more quickly in its efforts to reform legislation. Council Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland , speaking at a conference in Ankara, emphasized the importance of reform in the laws governing fre (More)
Turkish ex-president faces possible life sentence for 1980 military coup
Former Turkish president Kenan Evren and former air force commander Tahsin Sahinkaya have been charged with crimes against the state in connection with a 1980 military coup and could face life imprisonment, according to Tuesday reports. Evren was h (More)
Turkish journalists on trial for alleged coup plot
Trial began Tuesday for 13 journalists accused of plotting to overthrow the Islamic government in Turkey. The trial lasted only four hours before being adjourned to await a decision from Turkey's high court about whether the presiding judge can hear (More)
Turkish court issues arrest warrants for seven military officers
A Turkish court on Monday issued arrest warrants for seven generals and admirals accused of creating anti-government websites in 2009. Among those wanted are General Nusret Tasdeler, head of the army's educational command, and General Ismail Pekin, (More)
Turkish court sentences assassin of Turkish-Armenian author
A Turkish court on Monday sentenced Ogun Samast for murdering Turkish-Armenian author Hrant Dink [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], journalist and former editor of the newspaper Agos , who was shot and killed in Istanbul in January 2007. Samast, (More)
Turkish military officials arrested in coup investigation
Turkish authorities on Wednesday arrested two military officials alleged to have been involved in the Balyoz Security Operation Plan ("Sledgehammer" plot) [Taraf report, in Turkish; JURIST news archive], a military plot to overthrow the Islamic-root (More)
Turkish authorities replace prosecutors in coup plot trials
Turkish authorities on Thursday replaced lead prosecutors in the Ergenekon coup [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] investigations in response to criticism. The probe has resulted hundreds of arrests, with people awaiting or on trial, but has no (More)
UN urges Turkish government to respect freedom of expression
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday urged Turkish officials to respect journalists' freedom of expression . The international concern increased after the Turkish government arrested nine jou (More)
Turkish court opens landmark coup trial
A Turkish court on Thursday began the trial of nearly 200 military officers accused of plotting to overthrow the government. The 2003 Balyoz Security Operation Plan [Taraf report, in Turkish; Al Jazeera backgrounder], or "Sledgehammer" plot , which (More)
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