These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in the Turkish press on Oct. 21, 2008. HotNewsTurkey does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
--LAWYERS CLAIM NO FAIR TRIAL CAN BE CARRIED OUT
The 130 square-meter hearing room of the Silivri prison complex, which was prepared for the first hearing of Ergenekon case months ago, was not big enough to hold the crowd gathered to observe the case. The court could begin hearing the case after a 1.5-hour delay yesterday. A total of 86 defendants, 46 of whom are under arrest, are being tried. Due to the crowd and chaos in the court room, lawyers claimed that the defendants could not receive a fair trial.
--KEVIN SINGS TURKISH SINGER'S SONG
The closing party of the 45th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival was as crazy as the parties in
--IT STARTS WITH COMMOTION
There was major confusion at the first hearing of the Ergenekon case which was accused of "causing chaotic atmosphere". When the court hall was packed with people, the judge decided to separately try those who are under arrest and those who are not under arrest. Jurists say a fair trial can not be made with this method.
--BLOW ON MARKETS BY BERNANKE
--COURT ROOM SMALL, BUT CASE BIG
The Ergenekon case, expected to shed light on
On the other hand, members of some associations like the Labor Party, Turkish Youth Union, and the Kemalist Thought Association, who are opposed to the case, protested the trial waving Turkish flags and holding posters of Ataturk. A row erupted in the court room as 400 people came to watch the hearing in the 280-people capacity court room. When lawyers could not find anywhere to sit, arguments broke out.
--DEMOCRACY AGAINST TERRORISM
Speaking in the southeastern
--ERDOGAN: WE DO NOT CONSIDER TERRORISM A PRETEXT TO DELAY INVESTMENTS
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addressed residents of the southeastern
--WHAT KIND OF UPS IS THIS?
Although the Justice Ministry sent a note to
The first hearing of the Ergenekon case started with violations of the fair hearing principle, allegations of a lack of jurisdiction and chaos in the court room. The court began hearing the Ergenekon case at the Silivri prison complex court house. A total of 86 defendants are being tried in the case. Chaos erupted in the extremely small court room.
--GOVERNMENT WAKES UP
During the Economy Coordination Committee meeting, participants agreed that several steps should be taken to minimize the impacts of the global economic crisis. State Minister Nazim Ekren said that global and national developments started to affect
--ERGENEKON LIKE FAIRGROUND
Chaos occurred inside and outside the Silivri prison where the Ergenekon case began to be heard. The sound system was very bad, and the court room was too small for the 86 suspects, their lawyers and families. The judge told those objecting to the small court room that they could not find any other place. Some lawyers demanded that the hearing be postponed. The judge adjourned the hearing to make an interim decision, and later the court decided to try the suspects under arrest first.
--REACTION TO PKK, CRITICISM TO DTP
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan spoke in
--IT IS NOT LARGE ENOUGH
The first hearing of the Ergenekon case was held. The hearing started with delay as the defense complained that court hall was not big enough. Koksal Sengun, the head of the court delegation, said the court decided to hear the statements of suspects who are under arrest and who are not under arrest in separate sessions. The second session will take place on Oct. 23.
--ECONOMY WILL BE MORE SOLID
The Economy Coordination Committee, after assessing the global financial crisis, decided to take steps that would further the strengthen economy. The statement that was released after the meeting said, "The Turkish economy, which is open to the outside world and integrated with the world, is naturally affected by global developments. However, we can say that the impacts of those developments on