“Third wave in Feb. 28 investigation,” the Milliyet daily said about the arrest of 13 military personnel, including two retired generals and seven officers on active duty, in a probe on what is known in Turkey as the “post-modern” coup of Feb. 28, 1997. Former Commander of the Gendarmerie retired Gen. Fevzi Türkeri and retired Gen. Yildirim Türker were detained in Ankara for their alleged involvement in a military campaign that forced the government to resign at the time. Gen. Türkeri was known for debriefings he gave concerning a perceived anti-secular threat.
“Turks have honored us,” read a Yeni Şafak daily headline, quoting Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard at a dawn service for the ANZAC troops who died at Çanakkale during World War I in Turkey's Gallipoli Peninsula. “A place where foes met in equality and respect and attained a certain nobility through their character and conduct. … The Turkish honored our fallen and embraced them as their own sons. … No nation could have better guarded our shrines or more generously welcomed our pilgrims,” Prime Minister Gillard said.
The Sabah daily ran a headline that read “He has surrendered” when reporting on the incarceration of Ağar, who turned himself in to a maximum security prison to begin his two-year sentence. The former official was convicted in a case publicly known as the Susurluk scandal which involved a close relationship between the Turkish government, the armed forces and organized crime. Ağar was the head of the police department when the scandal surfaced in 1996.
“Turkish pharmaceutical giant bought by US” read a Cumhuriyet daily headline concerning the acquisition of Turkish company Mustafa Nevzat Pharma by American biotechnology firm Amgen for $700 million.