Oct 242018
Turkey keeps pressure on as Saudi prince to address forum

Turkey’s president kept up pressure on Saudi Arabia on Wednesday as the kingdom’s powerful crown prince was to address an international investment summit in Riyadh, his first such comments since the killing earlier this month of The Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s anticipated remarks alongside other Arab leaders at the Future Investment Initiative summit in Riyadh come as the event, which was created by the royal, has been overshadowed by Khashoggi’s slaying and the international outrage over it. International business leaders, officials and others have pulled out of the summit, and the event’s first day saw several speakers acknowledge the killing of the Saudi writer whose columns criticised the prince’s campaign of arrests and governance. Turkish officials say Khashoggi was killed on Oct 2 by a 15-man Saudi hit squad that included a member of Prince Mohammed’s entourage on overseas trips. Saudi Arabia has suggested, without offering evidence, that the team went rogue. However, no major decision in the kingdom is made without the approval of the ruling Al Saud family. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan kept up his pressure on Wednesday. “We are determined not to allow the murder to be covered up and for those responsible from the person who gave the order to those who executed it not to escape justice,” he said in the capital, Ankara. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, continued to criticise the kingdom over Khashoggi’s killing. “The cover-up was horrible. The execution was horrible,” [Read More…]

Oct 172018
Pompeo lands in Turkey as probe into Khashoggi case heats up

A pro-government Turkish newspaper on Wednesday published a gruesome recounting of the alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, just as America’s top diplomat arrived in the country for talks over The Washington Post columnist’s disappearance. The report by Yeni Safak adds to the ever-increasing pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain what happened to Khashoggi, who vanished Oct 2 while visiting the consulate to pick up paperwork he needed to get married. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told journalists before leaving Riyadh on Wednesday that Saudi leaders, including King Salman and his son, the 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, “made no exceptions on who they would hold accountable.” “They made a commitment to hold anyone connected to any wrongdoing that may be found accountable for that, whether they are a senior officer or official,” Pompeo said. However, no major decision is made outside of the ultraconservative kingdom’s ruling Al Saud family. Khashoggi had fled the country last year amid the rise of Prince Mohammed, whom he wrote critically about in the Post. The Yeni Safak report cited what it described as an audio recording of Khashoggi’s slaying, which it said showed the writer was tortured. The newspaper said Saudi Consul General Mohammed al-Otaibi could be heard on the tape, telling those allegedly torturing Khashoggi: “Do this outside; you’re going to get me in trouble.” The newspaper alleged that one of the Saudis torturing Khashoggi replied: “Shut up if you want to live [Read More…]

Oct 152018
Turkey?s Turan could face more than 12 years in jail

ISTANBUL: Turkish prosecutors on Monday charged Barcelona player Arda Turan over a brawl with a prominent singer, asking for the footballer to be sentenced to twelve-and-a-half years in jail.The prosecutors charged Turan, who is currently on loan to Istanbul’s Basaksehir, with sexual harassment, unlicensed possession of weapons and causing intentional injury over the fight with singer Berkay Sahin, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.Sahin, who goes on stage by his first name Berkay, was also charged, with prosecutors demanding up to two years in jail.Turan, 31, had last week been summoned to an Istanbul police station to give a statement about the incident but was allowed to walk free.The incident, which took place outside an Istanbul nightclub and reportedly left Sahin with a broken nose, has transfixed Turkey over the last days.In a bizarre sequence of events, Turan then reportedly went to the hospital where the singer was being treated clutching a gun and begging to be shot and forgiven.

Oct 122018
Turkey has proof Saudi journalist Khashoggi was killed, says Washington Post

Turkey’s government has told US officials it has audio and video proof that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Washington Post reported on Friday. The newspaper, for which Khashoggi is a columnist, cited anonymous officials as saying the recordings show a Saudi security team detained the writer when he went to the consulate on October 2 to pick up a document for his upcoming wedding. The Associated Press was not immediately able to confirm the report, and Turkish officials would not comment. Saudi officials enter Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul on Friday, Oct 12. ─ AP Meanwhile, a delegation from Saudi Arabia arrived in Turkey on Friday as part of an investigation into the writer’s disappearance, Turkey’s state-run news agency Anadolu said. Saudi Arabia has called the allegation it abducted or harmed Khashoggi “baseless.” However, it has offered no evidence to support its claim he left the consulate and vanished despite his fiance waiting outside. Read: ‘This has not been business as usual in my country’: excerpts from Saudi journalist Khashoggi’s writings Anadolu Agency said the delegation would hold talks with Turkish officials over the weekend. It did not provide further details. On Thursday, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Turkey and Saudi Arabia would form a “joint working group” to look into Khashoggi’s disappearance. The 59-year-old journalist, who was considered close to the Saudi royal family, had became a critic of the current government and Crown Prince Mohammed bin [Read More…]

Oct 112018

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ma…aught-by-teachers-amid-familys-silence-137637 A man who raped his 12-year-old niece for four years has been caught thanks to the girl’s teachers, while the man’s family failed to file a criminal complaint. “I have been raped. Why does everyone behave badly… Man who raped niece in eastern Turkey caught by teachers amid family’s silence

Dec 212017
Global Islamic Microfinance turned to end successfully in the heart of Turkey

Dubai, December 21, 2017 (PPI-OT):Chaired by the President of Republic of Turkey, 7th Global Islamic Microfinance Forum successfully ended in Istanbul Turkey. Delegates from more than 40 countries participated in the event. Al-Huda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics organized the forum in association with World Halal Summit at Convention Center Istanbul – Turkey from November 24 – 28, 2017. Islamic microfinance financial technology, Financial Inclusion through Islamic Microfinance, Micro Takaful, Waqf and Zakat – Supportive Elements for Islamic Microfinance and other related topics were focused upon during the first two day of the conference. Islamic Agriculture and Rural Finance, the role of Islamic finance in rural development and micro takaful were under discussion in the next two days. Technical experts from over 25 countries presented the papers in the forum. While addressing to the inauguration ceremony, Mr. Khaled Al-Aboodi, CEO and General Manager, the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) said that Islamic microfinance is a core element of Islamic financial industry and ICD is already working to promote Islamic microfinance in different parts of the world. Dr. Amjad Saqib, Founder and Chairman, Akhuwat Pakistan welcomed the honourable guests and participants and briefed them the purpose behind the series of global Islamic microfinance conferences in different parts of the world. He further announced that the next such event would be organized in London next year in October. Dr. Yousaf Junaid, Consul General, Consulate General of Pakistan In Istanbul – Turkey appreciated the selfless effort of [Read More…]