World Bulletin / News Desk
The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office has ordered the opening of former President Turgut Özal's grave.
The prosecutor's office on Monday decided that Turgut Özal's body should be exhumed for a detailed analysis as part of an investigation launched into the 1993 death of the then-president.
The decision follows a report by the investigative body of Turkey's presidential palace in June that found the death of Özal to be “suspicious,” calling on prosecutors to investigate the case.
The report by the State Audit Institution (DDK), which is under the direct supervision of President Abdullah Gül, said there has been no satisfactory investigation into allegations by several family members and lawmakers that the death of Özal, who was Turkey's eighth president, might have been the result of poisoning.
The report suggested exhuming his remains, conducting an autopsy and running a hair sample test to shed light on the allegations. Doctors at the time said Özal, who underwent triple bypass surgery in 1987, died of heart failure.
The DDK launched an inquiry into the former president's death on Oct. 1, 2010, on the order of President Gül in March of that year and announced the findings on Wednesday. The report states the late president's death was sudden as he was not suffering from any chronic disease.
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