Turkey's Ocalan trial 'unfair'
The European Court of Human Rights has condemned Turkey for violating the human rights of jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan. The court ruled that Ocalan did not receive a fair trial. He is currently serving a life sentence as the sole inmate on the prison island of Imrali. Ocalan was originally sentenced to death in June 1999 for his role in a 16-year guerrilla war against the Turkish authorities in which more than 30,000 people were killed. In October last year the death sentence was commuted to life in prison, with no chance of parole. The court in Strasbourg ruled that Ocalan was “not tried by an independent and impartial tribunal”. It also found that Ocalan’s rights had been violated by the long delay in bringing his case to court. Full Story