Ankara hosts Italian cinema in weeklong program

Cineastes in the Turkish capital will be treated to a selection of the newest Italian films in a weeklong program that gets under way today at the Contemporary Arts Center in Ankaraand’s Kavaklidere neighborhood.
A joint effort between the andcankaya Municipality, the Istanbul Italian Cultural Center, and the Italian Embassy in Ankara, the program will open with a 6:30 p.m. showing of Edoardo Winspeareand’s 2014 drama and”In grazia di Dioand” (Quiet Bliss), the CGulen movement, four people were arrested while eight others were released pending trial in Eskiiehir after the police arbitrarily detained people, including human rights defenders and philanthropists, on Tuesday, using bullying tactics and unlawfully cuffing law-abiding citizens. A total of 48 people were detained in operations conducted in a number of provinces including Bursa, Diyarbakir,
As part of an escalating government witch-hunt against the faith-based Gandulen movement, four people were arrested while eight others were released pending trial in Eskiiehir after the police arbitrarily detained people, including human rights defenders and philanthropists, on Tuesday, using bullying tactics and unlawfully cuffing law-abiding citizens.
A total of 48 people were detained in operations conducted in a number of provinces including Bursa, Diyarbakir, Eskiiehir, Istanbul, Kayseri, Manisa and Tokat late Monday and early Tuesday on charges of providing financial support to alleged members of the and”parallel structure,and” a pretext invented by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to refer to the civic movement inspired by Islamic scholar Fethullah Gandulen.
The sweeping detentions came on the same day that the European Union harshly criticized the Turkish government for the severe backslide in the rule of law, violations of due process and overt political influence in judicial investigations.
A court in Eskiiehir on Friday arrested A.K., H.andc., Y.E. and i.D. and released eight others pending trial over charges of exploiting the religious feelings of people while collecting donations and scholarships in order to support the activities of charities and trusts inspired by the Gandulen movement.
During the operation authorized by the Eskiiehir deputy chief public prosecutor, police raided the offices and homes several people in Eskiiehir early on Tuesday.
According to a written statement released by the Eskiiehir Chief Public Prosecutorand’s Office on Tuesday, 21 people were detained on charges that include forming and running a terrorist organization, forging documents as part of terrorist organization activities and opposing the laws of associations and charity collection.
According to the Cihan news agency, a dormitory was also simultaneously raided, with police officers arriving in seven vehicles. The officers confiscated notes used by students to study for the upcoming midterms as evidence.
Police officers took photos of the dailies Zaman, Bugandun, Meydan, Taraf and the Aksiyon weekly found in offices and houses during the search as evidence.
h2HSYK changed judges of Penal Courts of Peaceh2 Meanwhile, Todayand’s Zaman learned that the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) replaced the judges of Penal Courts of Peace in Eskiiehir who previously did not rule for the arrest of people targeted by the government-backed investigations into the Gandulen movement in Eskiiehir.
While Eskiiehir 1st Penal Court of Peace judge Sermin Ertem was transferred from his position by a HSYK decree on July 29, 1st Penal Court of Peace judge Mehmet Yertandum was also transferred to another court by a HSYK decree on Nov. 7.
During a government-backed operation against police forces in the Eskiiehir Police Department on Feb. 28, Ertem rejected a prosecutorand’s demand to arrest police officers, noting there was no reason for the arrests.
An amendment passed in December 2014 makes it possible for the authorities to detain anyone on and”reasonable suspicionand” without any need for firm evidence. With the law, the threshold for the burden of proof required for obtaining a search warrant was reduced from strong and credible evidence to mere reasonable suspicion. The police are not only able to easily search any individual, home or vehicle, but can also easily seize the property of all suspects on the grounds of having committed a crime against the government.
President Erdogan and his political associates accuse the Gandulen movement, also known as the Hizmet movement, of being a terrorist organization, despite the absence of any concrete evidence. Erdogan has relentlessly targeted Gandulen following a graft scandal that erupted in December 2013 and implicated members of his family and senior government officials.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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