Thursday, May 20, 1999 Published at 12:57 GMT 13:57 UK
Death for Kurdish guerrilla
Semdin Sakik (left) and his brother hear their sentence
By Tom Kankkonen in Istanbul
A state security court in Turkey has sentenced a former high-ranking Kurdish guerrilla commander to death.
His brother was also given the death sentence.
Semdin Sakik, widely described as a deputy to the Kurdish rebel PKK leader, Abdullah Ocalan, was captured last year in northern Iraq by Turkish security forces.
He and his brother had fled there after Sakik fell out with Mr Ocalan in a row over tactics.
He is also facing a possible death sentence on treason charges.
In Turkey death penalties have to be ratified by parliament where nationalists have a strong position after last month's elections.
Turkey has not carried out any death sentences since 1984. While courts often hand down the death penalty, it is generally commuted to life imprisonment.
There is however support for the execution of the Kurdish rebel leaders among the Turkish public and also among some politicians.