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Thursday, February 18, 1999 Published at 11:52 GMT


World: Europe

Germany warns Ocalan supporters

Abdullah Ocalan is being held in an island prison near Istanbul

Kurds living in Germany have been threatened with deportation if they continue to hold violent demonstrations in support of Kurdish separatist leader Abdullah Ocalan.

The Ocalan File
The warning came after three Kurds were killed and 16 inuured while storming the Israeli Consulate in Berlin.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder said demonstrators would face the "force of the law".

"If those living here do not respect the law they will have to leave the country," he said.

Meanwhile new pictures have been released showing Mr Ocalan blindfolded and hancuffed being transported to an island prison on a Turkish naval frigate.


Chris Morris: "Images of humiliation and defeat"
The BBC's Ankara Correspondent, Chris Morris, says the Turkish security services appear keen to show pictures of Mr Ocalan humiliated and defeated.

Israeli investigation


[ image: Abdullah Ocalan: Handcuffed on his way to Turkey]
Abdullah Ocalan: Handcuffed on his way to Turkey
German police have cordoned off the scene of the shootings. Israeli officials are flying to Berlin to carry out their own investigations.

Kurds armed with iron bars and wooden clubs tried to storm the consulate because they believed the Israeli secret service, Mossad, helped Turkey capture Mr Ocalan. Israel has denied any involvement.

Mr Ocalan's supporters consider him a hero for leading the rebel PKK movement in its fight for a Kurdish homeland in Turkey. Turkey says he is a criminal responsible for more than 29,000 deaths.

Since Mr Ocalan's arrest at the Greek Embassy in Kenya on Tuesday, Kurds have been demonstrating across Europe. They have accused Greece, Kenya, Israel, and the US of assisting in the arrest.


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In Germany, there have been demonstrations in Bonn, Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne.

Chancellor Schröder said Germany would not tolerate political conflicts from foreign countries being carried over into German streets.

Interior Minister Otto Schily said the government was considering tightening laws to allow the deportation of Kurds convicted of violence.

Solitary confinement


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Mr Ocalan faces murder and terrorism charges which carry the death penalty. He is expected to make his first court appearance in the next few days.

He has been flown to a high-security island prison in the Sea of Marmara. Other prisoners are being moved to the mainland to leave him in solitary confinement.

On Wednesday Turkish television released pictures of Mr Ocalan handcuffed and blindfolded on a private plane. Turkish special forces members were heard welcoming him back home.

Three European lawyers hoping to represent Mr Ocalan at his trial in Turkey have been refused entry to the country.


Britta Boehler: "Trial could be as short as two weeks"
One of them, Britta Boehler, said: "If Turkey gets its will, Mr Ocalan will be tortured and humiliated to break him.

"Then he will be brought before the court, convicted and the death penalty will be passed and executed."

Kenyan hideout


The BBC's Jeremy Bowen in Ankara: "Turks regard this as a major victory"
Mr Ocalan had been in Kenya for two weeks before his arrest, hiding at the Greek ambassador's residence.

He had fled to Italy in November after being kicked out of his base in Syria. Rome refused to hand him over to Turkey on the grounds that he could face capital punishment there.

But Mr Ocalan left the country last month when Rome did not grant him immediate asylum.

Both Greece and Kenya have denied being involved in the operation to arrest Mr Ocalan. The exact details of his capture remain unclear.



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