A Turkish cultural festival organized by the Dialogue Eurasia Foundation took place in Minsk. Among the festival’s offerings were folkloric dances, sema (whirling dervish) performances and Sufi music concerts.
Star: “We thought our army would protect us,” said İstanbul Bar Association President Ümit Kocasakal, according to the daily’s lead story. Kocasakal said during a speech at Anadolu University on Monday, “We thought we had an army [and that] that powerful army would protect us. But since we joined NATO, we have not given a thought to what national army we have now. Now we have the Turkish unarmed forces instead of the Turkish Armed Forces [TSK].”
Yeni Şafak: “Football has been cleansed,” read the paper’s major article, reporting that Turkish Football Federation (TFF) head Yıldırım Demirören stated that the match-fixing alleged to have taken place during the previous season no longer affects what happens on the pitch. Also the TFF head said that Article 58 of the federation’s disciplinary regulations had been amended to include point deductions as a possible penalty for rigging a match as opposed to the previous version of the article, which stipulated the relegation of a team found to have been involved in match-fixing.
Sabah: “Life sentence in prison for throwing Molotov,” headlined the daily’s top story. In a trial of suspects accused of throwing Molotov cocktails, the 9th Chamber of the Supreme Court of Appeals seeks life sentences for three suspects for “attempted murder and disrupting national unity.” The suspects were accused of throwing Molotov cocktails in an illegal demonstration held in 2009 in Diyarbakır. A Diyarbakır court on April 14, 2011 sentenced the suspects to prison sentences ranging between 7 and 15 years; however, lawyers of the suspects appealed to the 9th Chamber of the Supreme Court of Appeals claiming the sentences should be reduced.