Finally, the expected has happened. When the 102nd article of the Code on Criminal Procedure, which reduces the maximum duration of imprisonment to three years for suspects with cases on appeal and abnormally lengthy trials, came into force at the beginning of 2011, those whose trials are waiting at the Supreme Court of Appeals or whose trials for serious crimes -- such as murder, drugs, rape and forgery– have exceeded five years, have begun to be released by the courts.
Having to bid farewell to 2010, a year in which Turkey witnessed significant developments in the progress of its democracy, analysts are now focusing on their expectations for 2011 and the developments that are likely to take place in the country this year.
President Abdullah GÃ¼l, who paid a visit to DiyarbakÄ±r last week, left his mark there as“a man of conscience and as a man with humane feelings.” All the messages he gave there were based on conscience and humanitarian values. He used a language of compassion.