Tuesday, February 23, 1999 Published at 16:11 GMT
Ocalan charged with treason
Kurds around the world continue to demonstrate
A Turkish judge has charged the imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader, Abdullah Ocalan, with treason and attempting to divide the country.
Mr Ocalan's first formal court appearance, before a single judge and no jury, was closed to the press.
None of the 15 human rights lawyers who applied to defend the Kurdish leader were permitted to see him.
Mr Ocalan has already been tried in his absence on similar charges.
BBC Ankara Correspondent Chris Morris says Mr Ocalan's formal arrest marks the beginning of a new case against him.
The trial will be held by Ankara state security court, sitting in session on the prison island. The rebel leader will appear before three judges - one military and two civilian - with no jury.
No foreign observers
Turkey earlier rebuffed a European Union call to allow foreign observers to attend the trial.
"This attitude which is against the principle of a state of law is not acceptable."
One of the lawyers who applied to represent Mr Ocalan, Osman Baydemir, has said he is concerned about the Turkish leader's health and the way he is being interrogated.
Meanwhile, in south-eastern Turkey, the security forces said they had killed 14 members of Mr Ocalan's PKK rebel movement.