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EU to Criticize Turkish Coup Probes in Report, Milliyet Says

Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) -- The European Union plans to criticize Turkey’s investigation into alleged coup plots and the country’s deteriorating press freedoms in its annual progress report, Milliyet reported, citing a draft text.

The Ergenekon and Sledgehammer trials, targeting groups accused of plotting against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, are a concern because of a lack of information about the evidence used to detain hundreds of suspects, the report will say, according to Milliyet. The arrest of journalists under the legal pretense of combating terrorism is another concern, the newspaper said.

Turkey’s plan to rewrite its constitution is an opportunity to guarantee democracy, the rule of law, human rights and protection of minorities including the Kurds, the EU will say, according to Milliyet. There is a lack of dialogue and no consensus among Turkey’s political parties, according to the draft report.

Cyprus, an EU member, is seeking to harden the report’s stance on Turkey, the newspaper said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Emre Peker in Ankara at epeker2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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