BBC NEWS
BBCi CATEGORIES   TV   RADIO   COMMUNICATE   WHERE I LIVE   INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC News UK Edition
 You are in: Monitoring  
News Front Page
World
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
Education
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
CBBC News
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Monitoring Tuesday, 29 June, 1999, 14:05 GMT 15:05 UK
Text of the Ocalan verdict
Brief appearance: Ocalan stood impassively in the dock
The following is the text of the death sentence verdict against Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan, read out by presiding judge Mehmet Turgut Okyay. It was broadcast on Turkish TRT television.

"I am reading out the decision of the court. I am inviting you to stand while you listen to the paragraph on the verdict.

"As a result of this trial, our court has sentenced suspect Abdullah Ocalan to death in accordance with Article 125 of the Turkish Penal Code [TCK] as befitting his action, because we have determined that he undertook actions aimed at separating a portion of the territories that are under the sovereignty of the state from the administration of the state, by guiding and administering the armed terrorist organization PKK [Kurdistan Workers' Party], which he established by means of the decisions he made and the commands and instructions he issued.

In view of the intensity and continuity of the suspect's actions and the fact that thousands of innocent people - regardless of whether they were infants, children, women or elderly - were killed; because hundreds of the crimes that were committed as a vehicle for the intended crime require the death penalty; because the actions constitute a serious, close and great danger to the country; and in order to uphold criminal justice and comply with the rules of justice and propriety, the court has unanimously decided

  • That there is no room for the application of Article 59 of the TCK with regard to the suspect

  • That the suspect be forever banned from public service in accordance with Article 31 of the TCK

  • That the suspect be kept in detention throughout the criminal process in accordance with Article 33 of the TCK

  • That the time spent by the suspect in detention during the course of the trial process be reduced from his sentence and that he remain under arrest in accordance with Article 40 of the TCK

  • That his personal belongings - namely, one Zenith watch, a glass case, a leather belt, Rayban sunglasses, and a tie - be returned to him

  • That the intervenors' right to compensation be preserved

  • That according to the official legal fees in effect at the time, the suspect pay 56,350,000 Turkish lira each to the lawyers representing the intervenors

  • And that the decision be announced to the intervenors and their representatives who are not in attendance via TRT in accordance with Article 21 of Law 2845.

The decision is subject to appeal by both sides.

Thank you to all.

BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.

 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
The BBC's Chris Morris
"The fate of the rebel leader has mesmerised this country"
The BBC's Chris Morris
"Most people believe it's what Mr Ocalan deserves"
News and background on Abdullah Ocalan

Key stories

Background
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


E-mail this story to a friend

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | World | UK | England | N Ireland | Scotland | Wales |
Politics | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology |
Health | Education | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes