Jailed PKK leader's ex-lawyers face 15 years in Turkey

Two former lawyers for jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan face up to 15 years in prison on charges of belonging to PKK, a report said Tuesday.

Jailed PKK leader's ex-lawyers face 15 years in Turkey
An Istanbul prosecutor filed the charges against Irfan Dundar and Mahmut Sakar for claiming earlier this year that PKK leader Ocalan is being progressively poisoned in prison, Anatolia news agency reported.

Dundar and Sakar were among Turkish and Italian lawyers who made the claim at a press conference in Rome in March.

The charge sheet said the two lawyers' allegations had served as an order to PKK sympathizers in Turkey and abroad to carry out protests and spread the organization's propaganda, Anatolia said.

It asked for up to 15 years imprisonment for both on grounds they are PKK members.

An arrest warrant was issued against Sakar, who used to serve in a senior position in a now-banned Kurdish party, Anatolia said.

Turkey has denied the poisoning claims, saying toxicology tests conducted on the jailed leader were negative.

Ocalan has been serving a life sentence for treason and separatism as the sole inmate on a prison island in the Marmara Sea since his capture and conviction in 1999.

More than 37,000 people have been killed since 1984 when the PKK took up arms.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the U.S.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Aralık 2007, 11:12