Saturday, June 24, 2006

Armenia Now



Turkey's Office of Prosecutor General has sent prosecution materials for mayors of 56 towns in the south-east of the country, which support a Kurdish TV channel. Heads of those towns, where Kurdish population forms a majority, have sent a letter to Danish PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen asking not to close Roj TV, broadcasting for Kurds. They asked not to give in to Turkish Government's pressure. Turkish authorities consider that town mayors, who signed the letter to Rasmussen, thus assisted Kurd rebels, specifically the Kurdish Working Party, banned in the country. In the opinion of Turkish officials, the Roj TV is engaged in propagating that Party. In case the court announces mayors of Turkish towns are guilty, they may face 10 years of imprisonment, Times Online reports.