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Monday, May 31, 1999 Published at 10:54 GMT 11:54 UK


World: Europe

Ocalan trial under way


Turkey's most notorious criminal suspect -- the Kurdish separatist leader, Abdullah Ocalan -- has gone on trial for treason and murder, for which he faces the death penalty.

Mr Ocalan, who was dressed in a jacket and open-necked shirt, told the court from a special bullet-proof glass cage that he shared the pain of the relatives of those killed during the fifteen-year campaign by his group, the PKK.

He said he would work to stop the bloodshed.

Relatives of the PKK's victims were among those who packed the specially prepared courtroom on the prison island of Imrali near Istanbul.

Mr Ocalan has been held there since being captured in Kenya in February. The three judges turned down a defence request for an adjournment to allow more time to prepare their case.

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