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Tuesday, April 20, 1999 Published at 18:32 GMT 19:32 UK


World: Europe

Ocalan prosecutors call for death sentence

Kurdish supporters in Europe protested against his arrest

Turkish prosecutors have called for the death sentence for jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, the country's Anatolia news agency reported on Tuesday.

The Ocalan File
He has been charged with "treason and crimes against the state and its sovereignty" under article 125 of the Turkish penal code.

Ankara's State Security Court Public Prosecutor's Office holds Ocalan responsible for all acts of his Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

The 135-page indictment has not yet made been public and is being checked for the last time by the prosecutors.

The three prosecutors are expected to submit the document to the state security court of Ankara, which has been hearing a treason trial against the PKK leader since 1997.

More than 31,000 people have been killed since the PKK launched an armed campaign in 1984 for self-rule in the mainly Kurdish-populated south-eastern Anatolia.

The indictment accuses Ocalan of issuing orders to PKK members for attacks on teachers, policemen, soldiers and civilians, and stresses the organisation's involvement in drug-trafficking.

A hearing on 30 April will decide a date for the trial, Anatolia reported. It said the trial would be held on Imrali island where Ocalan is currently being held.



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