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European Court Urges Turkey to Grant Kurdish Leader a New Trial

Turkey may be forced to order a new trial for a Kurdish separatist leader, Abdullah Ocalan, after the European Human Rights Court on Thursday upheld an earlier decision that his 1999 trial was unfair and called on Turkey to reopen the case. Turkey is seeking to join the European Union and could jeopardize its application if it refuses to revisit the case. “This file can be reopened, but it has been long closed in the people’s conscience,” said Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is in Hungary on an official visit. He said the Turkish judicial system would decide whether to order a retrial after evaluating the European court’s decision.Full Story

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