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Wednesday, 28 January, 1998, 03:07 GMT
Welfare Party seeks European support

A delegation of Turkey's outlawed pro-Islamist Welfare Party has met representatives of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, to seek support for its efforts to have the ban on the party overturned.

The deputy-leader of Welfare, Abdullah Guhl, confirmed the party would take the case to the European Court of Human Rights, and said it would file a complaint against the Turkish authorities next week.

Mr Guhl said the Turkish Constitutional Court, which dissolved Welfare earlier this month, had violated a key article of the Turkish constitution which protects freedom of thought and expression as long as no act of terrorism or violence is committed.

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