State Of Turkey Seeks Jail For 54 Kurdish Mayors
Prosecutors Seek Jail For 54 Kurdish Mayors
Reuters, Dec 12, 2007- Turkish state prosecutors
demanded jail sentences yesterday for 54 mayors
in southeastern Turkey for suggesting that
jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Worker's
Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan, may have been
The prosecutors said the mayors had "praised"
Ocalan and his actions -- a crime in Turkey --
at a joint news conference in March when they
asked the authorities to investigate claims that
the terrorist leader was gradually being
poisoned in prison. Ocalan was captured in 1999
and sentenced to life imprisonment.
The 54 mayors, all from the pro-Kurdish
Democratic Society Party (DTP), are standing
trial and could face up to two years in prison
Turkish doctors examined Ocalan after the claims
that he was being systematically exposed to
toxins that could threaten his life, but found
no evidence of any poisoning.
The 54 mayors are also on trial over a letter
they wrote to the Danish prime minister urging
him to resist Turkish pressure to shut down the
pro-separatist Roj TV.