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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 [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2017

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

‘The Last Jedi’ and a brave man named Father Tito

I was 13 when the first Star Wars movie came out in 1977. That makes me a member of the first generation of Star Wars fans. For many Filipinos of my generation, however, the galactic saga, especially the first trilogy, has meant more than just entertaining fantasy films. By the time the third movie came out in 1983, we were living in a nation in turmoil, slowly rising against the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. "Return of the Jedi" was actually released just a few months before the assassination of Ninoy Aquino, which unleashed a protest movement that eventually led to the defeat of the Marcos dictatorship. To be sure, the tale of a group of rebels led by Han Solo, Princess L...Keep on reading: ‘The Last Jedi’ and a brave man named Father Tito.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Turkey seeks jail term for Kanter

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s state-run news agency says prosecutors are seeking more than four years in prison for NBA player Enes Kanter on charges of insultin.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 21st, 2017

Turkey seeks jail term for NBA player Kanter for insulting president

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's state-run news agency says prosecutors are seeking more than four years in prison for NBA player Enes Kanter on charges of insultin.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 21st, 2017

Turkey seeks to jail Knicks player Enes Kanter for insulting Erdogan

ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish prosecutors demanded on Wednesday, December 20 over 4 years jail for Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, state media reported. The 25-year-old basketball player faces up to 4 years and 8 months ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 21st, 2017

Switzerland expels French-Tunisian man over terror fears

GENEVA, Switzerland – Swiss police said Saturday, December 16, they had expelled a person facing criminal charges in Switzerland for suspected links to a terrorist group, over fears he poses a threat to national security. Federal police confirmed to the Agence France-Presse (AFP) their "decision to expel a person who is ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

‘Amin Baco’ could be in Basilan, may recruit more Malaysians

MALAYSIAN MILITANT Amin Baco may be hiding in Basilan and could recruit more Malaysians for attacks in other parts of southern Philippines if he is still alive, a former hostage says. The Philippine authorities were earlier divided on whether Sabahan Amin was still alive and emir of the Islamic State (IS) in Southeast Asia, as claimed by an Indonesian militant captured in the besieged city of Marawi. But the latest statements by the Philippine military indicate that the seasoned terrorist may still be alive and is one of 10 militants who could be the new leader of the terror group’s regional arm. “Amin was definitely one of the leaders during the siege on Marawi,” college teacher Lordvin Acopio, who spent four months in captivity by the pro-IS groups which attacked Marawi, told FMT. “I can’t say how many groups were in Marawi. Amin led one of the groups. “Each group had 10-15 fighters, but the number depended on the size of the area they were guarding. “If Amin is still alive, it’s possible he’ll recruit more Malaysians to join in attack plots in other parts of southern Philippines.” Amin and others were said to be potential candidates to succeed IS’ Southeast Asia emir designate Isnilon Hapilon, who was killed last month in Marawi. Amin, who was from Tawau, was also reported to be an expert bomb-maker, recruiter and facilitator of weapons movement between southern Philippines and the east coast of Sabah. Malaysian counter-terrorism chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay last week revealed Amin was Isnilon’s son-in-law, which caught analysts and experts by surprise. Some analysts said Amin’s family relationship with Isnilon, as well as his leadership position, vast experience and network, could set him apart from the other candidates for the top post. “If Amin is Isnilon’s son-in-law, most probably the IS’ regional leadership position was given to him after Isnilon was killed. The possibility is high,” Lordvin said. In October, FMT broke the news about a Malaysian teenager whom Lordvin had seen fighting troops alongside his militant father in Marawi. FMT withheld the identity of the militant and his son, but last week, Ayob Khan revealed the boy’s name, adding that he was Amin’s son. Lordvin, who was kidnapped on May 23, the first day of the Marawi war, said Amin and his son had access to siege leader Isnilon. “The boy was always at Isnilon’s place if he was not at the frontline fighting with his father,” Lordvin told FMT. “All of us hostages kept getting moved around, but wherever we were held, Isnilon was always in a building nearby and we weren’t allowed to go there. “Not everyone could see Isnilon at his place or command centre unless they were high-ranking militants. “I believe Amin’s son always visited his step-grandfather Isnilon at the command centre to collect firearms or to give situational reports.” Ayob Khan had said last week that Amin’s son was still alive and probably in Basilan, the base of the Abu Sayyaf group led by Isnilon. “If the boy is now in Basilan, then most probably Amin is also there because the duo never left each other’s side in Marawi,” Lordvin said. “In fact, intelligence reported by the Philippine media says militants are planning attacks there and elsewhere as revenge for the loss of their caliphate in Marawi. “Many relatives of those militants killed in Marawi are said to be doing recruitments now.” More than 1,000 people, mostly militants, were killed in the five-month clashes between the authorities and militants who wanted to set up a so-called IS caliphate in the lake city. (By Zam Yusa – Free Malaysia Today) 1,489 total views, 1,489 views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017