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Turkey charges father of NBA’s Kanter as terror group member

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court has accepted an indictment charging the father of NBA player Enes Kanter with “membership in a terror group,” the country’s official news agency reported Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). The indictment followed an investigation of Mehmet Kanter, and prosecutors planned to seek his conviction and a prison term of five to 10 years at trial, Anadolu Agency said. It’s unclear when the trial in western Tekirdag province would begin. Enes Kanter, who plays for the New York Knicks, is a follower of a U.S.-based Turkish cleric who the government accuses of masterminding a failed military coup in 2016. Cleric Fethullah Gulen has denied the allegation, but tens of thousands of people suspected of ties to his network have been arrested or fired. The elder Kanter, a professor, was purged from public service after the coup attempt and detained for five days last summer. Anadolu said the indictment alleges he contacted some 120 suspects with alleged links to Gulen, including dozens who were said to have communicated through an encrypted messaging application. Enes Kanter, a former Oklahoma City Thunder center, has been a vocal critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His Turkish passport was canceled last year. Prosecutors charged him in December with insulting the president in a series of tweets. They want to try him in absentia and have him sentenced to more than four years in prison, if he is convicted. I will continue to keep fighting for Human Rights and Freedom of Speech Justice and Democracy above all.I will stand for what I believe in.All I’m doing is trying to be voice of innocent people Keep my family,innocent people in your prayers 🙏#DictatorErdogan 🇹🇷@RT_Erdogan pic.twitter.com/i7kK3mwKND — Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) June 18, 2018 “Keep my family, innocent people in your prayers,” the basketball player tweeted Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) with the hashtag “DictatorErdogan.” His Twitter account is withheld in Turkey. Under a state of emergency declared in the aftermath of the coup, Turkey has arrested more than 50,000 and sacked some 110,000 people alleged to have infiltrated state institutions for Gulen. The government said the crackdown was needed to fight alleged acts of terror......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJun 19th, 2018

the terror and torment of Turkey’s jailed journalists – The Guardian

Scores of imprisoned Turkish journalists face a Kafkaesque nightmare of legal limbo, farcical charge sheets, maltreatment and even solitary confinement in the country that locks up more reporters than any other in the world. A series of Guardian interviews and written exchanges with several of those jailed as a result of a sweeping media crackdown found a huge mental burden on the incarcerated, as well as tough social and intellectual restrictions. “I have been broken and twisted in more ways than I can imagine,” says the recently released novelist Aslı Erdoğan (no relation to the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan), who spent five days in solitary confinement at the start of four months of pretrial detention. Mehmet Altan, a journalist awaiting trial for supposedly attempting to bring down the government describes his life in prison as an environment “where no needs of a mature mind are met. It is like wearing striped pyjamas. It is a very narrow life without any joy or feeling to it.” “Never have I seen this much wrongdoing,” said Barış Yarkadaş, an MP in the opposition Republican People’s party (CHP) and a member of the media commission that monitors journalists’ arrests and provides them with legal aid. The media crackdown followed a coup attempt last July that left more than 200 people dead and more than 1,400 injured. The purges have led to tens of thousands of civil servants, members of the police, military and judiciary as well as academics and journalists being either detained or dismissed for alleged links to the network of Fethullah Gülen, an exiled preacher blamed for instigating the coup. Opponents of President Erdoğan say the purges have turned into a witch-hunt against dissidents in government, academia and the media, to stifle them before a historic referendum in April that would grant sweeping powers to the president. The CHP says 152 journalists are behind bars and 173 media outlets have been shut since the coup attempt, including newspapers, magazines, radio stations, websites and news agencies. More than 2,500 journalists have been laid off because of the closures and 800 have had their press cards revoked, with many also having their passports confiscated. The government only acknowledges that 30 journalists are in prison. In November, a dozen journalists at Cumhuriyet, Turkey’s oldest newspaper and a bastion of opposition to Erdoğan, were arrested and most have remained in custody without formal indictments. The government has threatened to appoint a trustee board to manage the publication’s affairs in a move that would silence its critics. Many Kurdish outlets have been shut and often recreated under different names after accusations of propaganda on behalf of the PKK. Kurdish journalists have been repeatedly arrested while reporting on demonstrations against the government, only to be quickly released after one hearing, in a practice seen as an attempt to intimidate them. Last month Deniz Yücel, a German-Turkish journalist who works for Die Welt newspaper, was formally arrested because of his reporting on the hacking of the personal emails of Berat Albayrak, the energy minister and Erdoğan’s son-in-law. “Turkey now has the dubious honour of being the world’s biggest jailer of journalists, and free media in the country is in its death throes,” Amnesty International said after Yucel’s arrest. Aydın Doğan, head of the Doğan Group, which publishes one of the country’s leading newspapers, the Hürriyet, was recently summoned to court after an article published by the paper indicated there was discomfort in the military about what was happening politically – a move interpreted as a call for the military to intervene in politics. Some observers have described the accusations levelled against some leading journalists as bizarre. Ahmet Şik, an investigative journalist who is in prison, was accused of propaganda on behalf of the Gülen network, even though he authored a book called The Imam’s Army that exposed the group’s corrupt practices. “It’s a bit like arresting Martin Luther King for being a member of the Klan,” said one rights worker. Cumhuriyet has also often reported on the damaging influence of the Gülenists, who once shared power with the ruling Justice and Development party (AKP). When the director of the newspaper’s board, Akın Atalay, returned from overseas to challenge the order for his arrest he was detained because investigators determined he was a flight risk. “We all know this is absurdity,” said Yarkadaş, the CHP lawmaker who recently visited the Cumhuriyet journalists in prison. “This is not rule of law. This is undermining the law. “The government is saying if you oppose the regime we are planning to plant in Turkey, you will find yourself in prison and we will isolate you from the outside world.” Media outlets also face financial pressures. Monitors say the government is leaning on businesses to avoid advertising in opposition newspapers in order to curtail their revenues. The result has been that the vast majority of mainstream outlets are either openly supportive of the AKP government or are mildly centrist in their politics. The only major opposition outlets are Cumhuriyet and Halk TV, a station close to the CHP, and Sözcü, a tabloid similar to the Sun in the UK. Opposition officials say the oppressive media environment has limited the debate around the referendum and masked many problems in the country, including a worsening economic crisis, high youth unemployment, spiralling tensions with the PKK, terrorism and foreign policy woes. They say the stifling of discussion [&'].....»»

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Alleged ISIS member nabbed in Lanao del Sur | ABS-CBN News

An alleged member of terror group Islamic State was arrested in Binidayan, Lanao del Sur, Friday, authorities said......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 17th, 2018

Militant group accused of kidnapping Sagay 9 witness

The militant group Karapatan is facing kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges for allegedly taking custody of the 14-year old witness to the massacre of nine farmers in Sagay, Negros Occidental. The boy’s father, Vic Pedroso, has sought police assistance as his son has been missing since 27 October. Pedroso said he plans to file […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

Massacre witness’ dad mulls kidnap raps vs rights group

BACOLOD City – The father of the 13-year-old witness in the Sagay City shooting incident is mulling kidnapping charges against members of Karapatan-Negros for allegedly taking his son into their custody. In a PTV news report, PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde revealed the father’s plan after members of Karapatan-Negros reportedly took the minor from […] The post Massacre witness’ dad mulls kidnap raps vs rights group appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsOct 31st, 2018

Sagay massacre witness’ father mulls kidnap raps vs Karapatan

Members of a militant group who took custody of a minor witness in the killing of nine persons in Sagay, Negros Occidental on Oct. 20 face kidnapping charges......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 30th, 2018

Freed U.S. pastor heads home from Turkey, Trump thanks Erdogan

WASHINGTON DC, USA – An American pastor held for two years in Turkey on terror-related charges headed home to the United States on Saturday, October 13,where he was to meet with US President Donald Trump, who signaled an easing in the diplomatic crisis sparked by the case. Trump said he would ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Turkey court frees US pastor

ALIAGA, Turkey — A Turkish court on Friday freed an American pastor held for the last two years, in a case that sparked a crisis in Turkey’s ties with the United States and trouble for its economy. The court in the western town of Aliaga convicted Andrew Brunson on terror-related charges and sentenced him to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Vietnam jails activist after rights groups barred from WEF

HANOI, Vietnam --- A Vietnamese dissident was jailed Wednesday for 12 years on charges of trying to overthrow the state, days after the communist country refused entry to rights campaigners for a major business forum in Hanoi. Vietnam has a dismal rights record and has come under fire for a brutal crackdown against critics in the past two years that has seen scores jailed. Earlier this week it barred two rights campaigners from entering the country for the World Economic Forum attended by regional leaders--- many of whom face criticism for their own rights record at home. Nguyen Trung Truc, a member of the Brotherhood for Democracy group, was sentenced to 12 years in jail for at...Keep on reading: Vietnam jails activist after rights groups barred from WEF.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

Teen couple yields P4M worth of shabu in Cavite

SAN PEDRO CITY - Police recovered suspected shabu (crystal meth) worth about P4 million from a young couple and their father in a buy-bust operation in Dasmarias City, Cavite on Monday afternoon. In Calatagan, Batangas, police killed a member of a robbery and drug group in a shootout. The target of the Cavite police operation were suspects Anisah Bongcarao, 19, and her 17-year-old male partner. Also arrested were a 15-year-old male and Anisah's father, Paks Bongcarao, 63. The suspects were natives of Marawi City. The operation at the suspects' home in Barangay Datu Esmael, took place days after authorities announced that a ton of shabu might have slipped into the local drugs ...Keep on reading: Teen couple yields P4M worth of shabu in Cavite.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Hamas fighter killed as Israel strikes Gaza after rockets fired from enclave

  Jerusalem -- Israel launched air strikes on Gaza late Wednesday, killing one Hamas militant, after dozens of rockets were fired from the enclave into its territory.   Injuries were also reported on both sides.   Smoke plumes could be seen rising from Gaza City following the military's announcement it was targeting "terror sites in the Gaza Strip".   A Palestinian was killed in northern Gaza, while at least six were wounded in raids aimed targeting sites across the strip, the Gazan health ministry said.   Hamas, the Islamist group that runs the Strip, named the dead man as Ali Ghandour, saying he was a member of the group's armed w...Keep on reading: Hamas fighter killed as Israel strikes Gaza after rockets fired from enclave.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

U.S. slaps sanctions on Turkey ministers as pastor row ramps up

WASHINGTON DC, USA – The United States on Wednesday, August 1, hit two top Turkish officials with sanctions over the ongoing detention of an American pastor facing terror charges, heaping pressure on Ankara to release the prisoner fueling a bitter diplomatic feud. The move targeting Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2018

Turkey puts jailed U.S. pastor under house arrest

ISTANBUL, Turkey – A Turkish court on Wednesday, July 25, ruled to place an American pastor under house arrest after he spent almost two years imprisoned on terror-related charges, state media said, in a case that has raised tensions with the United States. Andrew Brunson, who ran a protestant church in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

Parojinog’s gf nabbed

AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Intelligence Group on Sunday arrested a live-in partner of Ozamiz City Councilor Ricardo ‘Ardot’ Parojinog on charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde announced yesterday. Mena Luansing, 34, provincial board member of Misamis Occidental who resigned….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Secret witness testifies against US pastor in Turkey

A witness testifying anonymously against a U.S. pastor accused of spying and terror-related charges in Turkey claimed that the American helped Kurdish militants and aimed to create a Christian Kurdish state, the country’s state-run news agency reported. Secret witness testifies against US pastor in Turkey A witness testifying anonymously against a U.S. pastor accused of… link: Secret witness testifies against US pastor in Turkey.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018

Sagada council petitions DOJ to drop IPs from terror list

In a resolution passed on April 16 and transmitted to the DOJ on April 17, ths Sagada town council asked DOJ to drop from the list Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur for IPs; Joan Carling, Co-convener of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group on Sustainable Development of the United Nations; Beverly Longid, Global Coordinator of the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation; Atty. Jose Molintas Human Rights Lawyer and a former member of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Windel Bolinget, Joanna Cariño and Jeanette Ribaya-Cawiding, leaders of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018

Colombia s FARC furious over ex-rebel s arrest on drugs charges

BOGOTA, Colombia – The arrest of a former FARC negotiator on US drug charges has brought Colombia's landmark peace deal to its "most critical point," the former rebel group warned on Tuesday, April 10. Jesus Santrich, a senior member of rebel-group-turned-political-party who had been slated to take a seat ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

Peasant leader’s daughter urges DOJ to junk ‘sham terrorist list’

The daughter of a peasant leader has called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to junk its"sham terrorist list" after her father was tagged as "terrorists" in theproscription petition filed before the court. Novinm Murillo, daughter of Norberto Murillo, said that her father was a human rightsdefender, being a member of Alyansa't Lakas ng Mamamayang DemokratikongPilipinas and Kusog san mga Biktima 1081. "My father is a victim of an oppressive state that brands as terrorists those who fightfor the rights of the people. We demand that Duterte's sham terrorist list be junked,"Novinm said in a statement provided by human rights group Karapatanon Thursday. "Many people have not heard ...Keep on reading: Peasant leader’s daughter urges DOJ to junk ‘sham terrorist list’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018

Turkey releases 2 more journalists in newspaper trial

SILIVRI, Turkey – Two Turkish journalists walked free from prison on Friday, March 9 after over a year behind bars in the trial on terror-related charges of staff from the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper, seen as a test of press freedom under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Cumhuriyet's editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu and investigative ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 10th, 2018

Communist consultant Baylosis nabbed for firearms possession

By Arjay L. Balinbin A CONSULTANT and peace talks panel member of the communist group National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) was arrested last Jan. 31 on charges of illegal possession of firearms. Rafael Baylosis, who sat at the now terminated negotiations with government as a member of the NDFP Reciprocal Working Group on […] The post Communist consultant Baylosis nabbed for firearms possession appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

Wife of Maute group member arrested

The wife of a Maute terror group member was arrested around 3 p.m. Tuesday at Barangay Rosary Heights 3, Cotabato City.  Source link link: Wife of Maute group member arrested.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 24th, 2018