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Turkish court overrules Ahmen judgment



Who is Ahmed Altan?

An editor-in-chief, also known as lead editor, is a publication’s editorial leader. He has the final responsibility of an operations and policies. The highest ranking editor of a publication may also be titled editor, managing editor, or executive editor,

but when these titles are held in a work environment where someone else is editor-in-chief, the editor-in-chief outranks the others.

Why was Ahmet Altan Arrested?

The Istanbul First Criminal Court at Istanbul’s Çağlayan Courthouse ruled for the arrest of Altanwhich. He was accused of orchestrating the failed coup attempt of July 15 hours after his detainment for the second time as part of the investigation.

The Turkish court cleared journalist Ahmet Altan as well as Nazli Ilicak of charges related to violating the constitution.

A lower court will re-hear the cases against all three journalists following the higher court ruling.

The case drew criticism from rights groups and Turkey’s Western allies over the post-coup crackdown. As well as over erosion of judicial independence under President Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan’s government has jailed more than 77,000 people pending trial since the abortive putsch. Widespread arrests are still routine in a crackdown critics say demonstrates growing autocracy in Turkey.

150,000 people from the military, public & private sectors have been sacked or suspended over alleged links to Gulen’s network.

U.S.-based Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennyslvania since 1999, and his followers deny coup-plotting.

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Ten and thousands of Hong Kong protesters flood city streets in largest rally in weeks



Source: AFP- A sea of democracy activists flooded the streets of Hong Kong Sunday in a defiant show to the city’s leaders that their movement still pulls wide public support, despite mounting violence and increasingly stark warnings from Beijing.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters carrying umbrellas poured across the heart of Hong Kong island defying torrential rain and a police order not to march from a park where they had gathered earlier for a rally.

Weeks of demonstrations have plunged the financial hub into crisis, with images of masked black-clad protesters engulfed by tear gas during street battles against riot police stunning a city once renowned for its stability.

Sunday’s action, which organisers the Civil Human Rights Front said drew more than 1.7 million in the largest rally in weeks, was billed as a return to the “peaceful” origins of the leaderless protest movement.

“It’s been a long day and we’re very tired, but to see so many people out in the rain marching for Hong Kong gives strength to everyone,” said Danny Tam, a 28-year-old graphic designer.

The unprecedented political crisis was sparked by opposition to a plan to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland.

But protests have since morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city.

Anger has been sharpened among protesters by the perceived heavy-handedness of the police who have used tear gas, baton charges and rubber bullets in incidents that have pinballed across social media.

“The police are doing things that are totally unacceptable,” said Yim, who like many of the protesters gave only one name.

“They are hurting citizens, they aren’t protecting us.”

AFP / Manan VATSYAYANATorrential rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of protesters in Hong Kong

Communist Party-ruled mainland China has taken an increasingly hardline tone towards the protesters, decrying the “terrorist-like” actions of a violent hardcore minority among the demonstrators.

Despite the near-nightly clashes with police, the movement has won few concessions from Beijing or the city’s unelected leadership.

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Samson Siasia Get’s Life-ban by Fifa



Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has been banned for life and fined $50,000 by Fifa for agreeing to ‘the manipulation of matches.’

Siasia was coach of Nigeria between 2010-2011 and for a spell in 2016 but the time period when Fifa believes he committed his infractions is unclear.

He has also served as coach of the country’s Under-20 and Under-23 sides.

In a statement, Siasia was found ‘guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches.’

The sanction stems from an ongoing ‘large-scale investigation’ Fifa is conducting into the behaviour of Wilson Raj Perumal, a convicted match-fixer from Singapore.

He is the third African to be banned by Fifa for his links to Perumal after former Sierra Leone FA official Abu Bakarr Kabba and former Botswana FA official Mooketsi Kgotlele were suspended in July for five years and for life respectively.

A former international, Siasia won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria, for whom he played over 50 times while scoring 16 goals.

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