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Tuesday, June 8, 1999 Published at 03:42 GMT 04:42 UK

World: Europe

Kurd leader trial resumes in Turkey

The trial of the Kurdish rebel leader, Abdullah Ocalan, resumes later today 0800bst on the Turkish prison island of Imrali.

Prosecutors in the case, who are demanding the death penalty on treason charges, are expected to begin their closing arguments.

Mr Ocalan has admitted to being the leader of the PKK rebel movement, and he's not disputed many of the accusations against him.

Instead he's tried to focus attention on the future, and suggested that the Turkish government needs him to work to bring the Kurdish insurrection to an end.

But the BBC Ankara correspondent says Mr Ocalan's call for peace and reconciliation appears to have fallen on deaf ears at the highest levels of the state.

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