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Thursday, February 25, 1999 Published at 11:32 GMT

World: Europe

Kurd party ban sought in Turkey

The chief prosecutor in Turkey has asked for the country's main Kurdish party, HADEP, to be barred from general and local elections set for April.

He said in an application to the constitutional court that the ban was necessary because the party was under investigation over alleged links with the illegal PKK party of the detained separatist leader, Abdullah Ocalan.

The investigation was launched by the same prosecutor last month, but a court ruling is not expected until after the elections.

Meanwhile, Mr Ocalan is soon expected to have his first meeting with his Turkish lawyers on the prison island near Istanbul where he is being held following his capture in Kenya last week .

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