REPORT: COURT SENTENCES AL-QAIDA SUSPECT FOR HIJACKING PLANE IN TURKEY
- Published:28 Aralık 2010, Salı
- Updated:28 Aralık 2010, Salı
Turkey's state-run news agency says a court convicted a Palestinian man of having ties to al-Qaida and attempting a plane hijacking and sentenced him and his Turkish accomplice to 27 years and six months in prison.
The Anatolia agency says the men were sentenced Tuesday. The two, using a fake bomb, attempted to divert an Atlasjet flight to Iran after it took off from northern Cyprus in 2007.
The pilots instead landed in Antalya, on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, on the pretext of refuelling and fled the aircraft. The ordeal ended a few hours later with the surrender of the hijackers.
Police said the Palestinian suspect had been trained at an al-Qaida camp in Afghanistan in 2004 and the two wanted to join al-Qaida once they reached Iran.
ANKARA, Turkey - By The Associated Press
- U.S. Ambassador Ricciardone reaffirms trust with the AK Party
The United States, which commented on the Gezi Park protests a total 17 times on four different television stations, initiated a surprise meeting yesterday between the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Prime Minister Erdoğans Chief Advisor Yalçın Akdoğan.
- President Gül: The Gezi Park project is on hold, the protests should stop
The messages have been received, stated President Gül, who also called for an end to the street demonstrations. The president also delivered a message to Alevi citizens who are objecting to the name given to the Third Bosporus Bridge by stating, We could name another big project after Pir Sultan Abdal.
- Finance Minister Şimşek: It is difficult to comprehend why British intelligence would monitor a minister
Finance Minister Şimşek commented on allegations reported in The Guardian that he was monitored by U.K. intelligence, by stating that Foreign Ministry officials are taking the necessary measures.
- There is no censorship in Turkeys democracy
While England is rattled by the censorship scandal in the national press, AK Party Spokesman and Deputy Chairman Hüseyin Çelik has announced that there will be no censorship on social media or classic media as Turkey, which now has a mature democracy, has left such issues long in the past.
- Criminal complaint against Hüseyin Aygün
AK Party Istanbul Deputy Bülent Turan has filed a criminal complaint with the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor against CHP Tunceli Deputy Hüseyin Aygün for insults in the virtual realm and for inspiring public hatred, enmity and degradation.
- Who is it that incites social crises in growing economic nations such as Mexico, Brazil and Turkey?
The innocent protest which began at the start of the month in Brazil, as it did as well in Turkey, has since transitioned into a point of interest for its dark demonstrations. Both nations, as they suffer from simultaneous protests, stand out for having bright and promising economies.
- We have learned lessons from these events and will prevent any disintegration
Prime Minister Erdoğan stated on Tuesday that the Gezi protests are part of a professionally organized operation and vowed to hold those behind the events accountable by law. The Prime Minister also said that the police in Turkey have passed the test of democracy.
- Our democracy was not harmed in these attacks
Responding to the European Parliament resolution condemning the police crackdown on protests sparked by redevelopment plans for Gezi Park, Prime Minister Erdoğan stated They are confused. They have no fidelity, and added that European politicians and institutions instantly laid down their masks in order to provoke events.
- Standing man!
One mans passive defiance by way of standing in place in Taksim Square and looking straight at the Atatürk Culture Center, quickly turned into a social media phenomenon last night.
- What is Claudia Roth doing in Taksim?
Infuriating Germans, Green Party Co-Chair Roth was subjected to pepper spray in Istanbul. Commenting on the incident, German nationals say, It turns out Erdoğan was right in saying that there are foreign forces triggering Taksim, and Roths presence is now proof. Other comments include, If Abdullah Gül showed up at Occupy Frankfurt of if Erdoğan was involved in the Stuttgart 21 demonstrations, the ground would shake!
- In just one day Taksim gets 20 trees and 152,000 flowers
The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has been working continuously since last night on clearing and landscaping Taksim Square and Gezi Park.
- EU Minister Bağiş: Every crisis has made Erdoğan stronger
Explaining that the Gezi Park protests were planned six months ago, EU Minister Bağış states, These protests are an attempt to trigger a move which will end in regime change in Turkey. Bağış also discussed Prime Minister Erdoğans style with the Wall Street Journal.
- What do young supporters of Erdoğan think?
They came by land, they came by sea, and they came to hear their Prime Minister speak. Yesterdays Kazlıçeşme rally in support of Prime Minister Erdoğan saw over a million supporters come out to the square with AK Party and Turkish flags in hand, giving true sentiment to the figures of Erdoğans support rate.
- Protesters are using weapons
Istanbul Governor Mutlu is calling on protesters to refrain from responding to calls on social media to gather in Taksim because he says; peace has been established once again in Istanbul.