Thursday, September 28, 2006

Fifty-six Kurdish mayors on trial for 'helping rebels'

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Fifty-six Kurdish mayors went on trial yesterday over a letter they sent to Denmark's prime minister in a case that has raised concerns in the EU. The mayors from Turkey's largest Kurdish party are charged by state prosecutors with "knowingly and willingly" helping Kurdish rebels when they urged Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen not to close Danish-based Kurdish broadcaster Roj TV. The members of the Democratic Society Party (DTP) each face up to 15 years in jail if convicted. The trial was adjourned until November 21.


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