April 18, 2000 |
Riot police fired tear gas Monday and arrested 60 students protesting in sympathy with demonstrators in Washington who accuse world financial institutions of burdening developing countries. Some of the more than 100 students who gathered for the protest in downtown Istanbul were slightly injured, the Anatolian news agency said. Television station NTV showed riot police grabbing students by their arms and legs and carrying them away.
May 3, 1991 |
Plainclothes Turkish police arrested a British newspaper correspondent here Thursday night after 30 British Royal Marines were expelled from a mountain refugee camp. The two incidents highlight the worsening climate of friction between Turkish authorities and the Western powers spearheading the relief effort for nearly half a million Kurdish refugees in this country.
October 21, 1994 |
A man from Azerbaijan was detained for trying to sell 26 ounces of weapons-grade uranium. Istanbul's Nuclear Research Center identified the material as enriched uranium-238, suitable for making nuclear bombs, Turkey's Anatolia news agency reported. Ramis Shageldiev, 46, who tried to sell the uranium for $60,000 to undercover agents, told police he had bought the uranium in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku, Anatolia reported.
March 20, 1998 |
Five police officers were sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for beating to death a 27-year-old journalist under detention. A three-judge panel in Afyon, about 150 miles west of Ankara, the capital, convicted the officers of killing Metin Goktepe by kicking, punching and beating him with truncheons Jan. 9, 1996. Six other officers were acquitted. Prosecutors had sought the maximum 15-year sentence for the officers accused of inflicting the fatal blows.
March 3, 1994 |
Police arrested two leading Kurdish members of Parliament on Wednesday, in a move that added to Turkey's growing atmosphere of political and economic crisis, escalating nationalist sentiment and diminishing respect for human rights. Security forces took Hatip Dicle and Orhan Dogan into custody after right-wing parties in Parliament voted to lift the immunity from prosecution of several lawmakers who belong to Turkey's only legal Kurdish nationalist group, the Democracy Party.
July 6, 2003 |
Ankara on Saturday demanded the immediate release of 11 Turkish soldiers it said were detained by U.S. forces in Iraq, and Turkey's military brass was reportedly meeting to consider retaliatory steps if Washington failed to comply. The soldiers were detained Friday in a raid by about 100 U.S. troops on the headquarters of Turkish special forces in the northern Iraqi province of Sulaymaniyah, according to Turkish media reports.