The prosecutors said the mayors had praised Öcalan and his actions at a joint news conference in March when they asked authorities to investigate claims that the terrorist leader was gradually being poisoned in prison.
Öcalan was captured in 1999 and sentenced to life imprisonment, but members of his outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) continue to battle security forces in southeastern Turkey. The 54 mayors, all from the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP), are standing trial and could face up to two years in prison if convicted.
Turkish doctors examined Öcalan 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.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Aralık 2007, 11:22