Saturday, May 21, 2005

Turkey says won't retry Kurdish rebel leader-paper

Turkey will not retry jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan after Europe's top human rights court ruled his 1999 prosecution was unfair, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul was quoted as saying on Friday.

But Gul did not rule out taking up an alternative recommendation from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that the original case against Ocalan be reopened.

"The court said retry him or reopen the file due to this or that procedural inadequacy," Milliyet daily quoted Gul as saying in an interview with television station Kanal D.

"Since we have the option to reopen and look at the file, we are honestly not thinking of taking any steps for a retrial."

(Source: Reuters)

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