Turkey probes possible anthrax letter to judge

A laboratory was now testing the substance, Anatolian said.

Turkey probes possible anthrax letter to judge

Turkish authorities on Tuesday confiscated a letter containing a powder suspected of being anthrax that was addressed to the head of the country's top administrative court, media reported.

The letter sent to Mustafa Birden, president of the Council of State, was discovered after it spilled its contents at the central post office in the capital Ankara, the state-run Anatolian news agency said.

A spokesman at the post office confirmed an incident with suspicious powder had occurred, but declined to elaborate.

A laboratory was now testing the substance, Anatolian said.

Birden was the target of a 2006 assassination attempt when a gunman stormed a court building and opened fire on justices, according to testimony from the suspect, newspapers reported in October.

One judge was killed in that attack. The suspect is being prosecuted in the Ergenekon trial, in which some 200 people are being tried for involvement in an alleged ultra-secularist-nationalist plot to overthrow Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government.



Reuters



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