Turkish court sentences 53 pro-Kurdish mayors

A Turkish court sentenced 53 mayors from a pro-Kurdish party to 2-1/2 months in prison on Tuesday for a letter they sent to Denmark's PM, not to close down Roj TV, a Denmark-based Kurdish broadcaster close to PKK.

Turkish court sentences 53 pro-Kurdish mayors
As the sentence was minor, the court converted it into fines of 1,875 lira ($1,442) each.

The 53 mayors, from the Democratic Society Party (DTP), were accused of praising PKK militants for urging Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen not to close down Roj TV, a Denmark-based Kurdish broadcaster close to PKK.

Ankara has accused the channel of being a mouthpiece for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which it blames for the deaths of some 40,000 people in its two-decade deadly campaign.

DTP members frequently find themselves in court and the party itself, which operates at local and national level, faces a case aimed at closing it down.

The court acquitted three other mayors in the same case, which accused the officials of praising a crime and a criminal.
Last Mod: 15 Nisan 2008, 17:40
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