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Sunday, June 6, 1999 Published at 14:39 GMT 15:39 UK

World: Europe

Ocalan lawyers complain of bias, harassment

Lawyers in Turkey for the rebel Kurdish leader, Abdullah Ocalan, have said his right to a fair trial is being undermined by harassment, legal obstruction and media bias.

In a statement, they said a campaign of insult and distortion was being stepped up just as they were about to present their central defence to the treason charges against Mr Ocalan.

Previously, his defence team have complained of being physically attacked by the police and by relatives of the victims of Kurdish violence.

They also say they've been denied proper access to him in prison and have faced endless procedural restrictions by the court.

The trial on the Turkish prison island of Imrali resumes on Tuesday.

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