Turkish Press Review - February 21

Dailies cover release of professor in the

Dailies cover release of professor in the "Ergenekon Case", deadly Ukraine clashes, extension of MIT authority and wiretapping of the prime minister`s office.

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Turkish dailies on Friday are covering the release of ailing professor who was sentenced to 23 years in prison in the "Ergenekon Case", deadly clashes in Ukraine, the extensive authorities granted to the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) and claims of wiretapping of the prime minister`s office.

Daily HURRIYET headline "More to Follow," refers to the release of Fatih Hilmioglu, after the Constitutional Court`s decision based on "right to live." The daily said almost 300 people are in hope for their release on similar grounds.

The Daily SABAH, covering the same issue, reports Erdogan telling AK Party MPs that the two officers were in connection with the "parallel state", an organization which nestles within police and judiciary.

Daily VATAN carries the headline "They Fled Abroad," quoting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying the two security officers, who bugged prime minister`s office and spied, left the country and so they cannot be tried.

HABERTURK covers the violent clashes in Ukraine, pointing at the sniper fire killing 100 protestors, which the police forces also admitted due to security reasons.

MILLIYET highlighted the law proposal that aims to grant extensive rights to the "Turkish Intelligence Organization" (MIT), by expanding its eavesdropping authorities and allowing it to establish monitoring and interception centers more widely.

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