Turkish court releases Kurdish leader from jail

A Turkish military court released a former leader of the country's main pro-Kurdish party, who is on trial facing charges that a fake health report enabled him to avoid military service.

Turkish court releases Kurdish leader from jail
A Turkish military court released a former leader of the country's main pro-Kurdish party, who is on trial facing charges that a fake health report enabled him to avoid military service, the state Anatolian news agency said on Monday.

The court also released 51 other people alongside DTP former chairman Nurettin Demirtas, 35. No explanation was given for the move and Demirtas's trial will continue.

Demirtas is not a member of parliament but was elected head of the party in November. The DTP has 20 members of parliament.

Demirtas is being tried on charges of using fake health reports in order to avoid military service, obligatory for all healthy Turkish men. Prosecutors say his party has links with the outlawed Kurdish rebel group PKK.

Prosecutors are seeking a 2-5 year prison sentence for the former DTP leader, who denies the charge.

Reuters
Last Mod: 29 Nisan 2008, 12:23
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