Eurocourt Condemns Turkey Over Kurdish Probe

PARIS (Reuters)–The European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday ordered Turkey to pay damages to a Kurd for failing to properly investigate his allegations of attacks by police.

The plaintiff–newspaper kiosk attendant Esref Yasa–said he was shot and wounded by police five years ago in the southeastern town of Diyarbakir where Turkish security forces are fighting Kurdish guerrillas.

His uncle–who ran the kiosk while he was recovering–was shot dead by police six months later–Yasa said–alleging that the shootings were part of a campaign of intimidation against pro-Kurdish newspapers.

The court–based in the French town of Strasbourg–said it had no evidence that the attackers were members of the security forces.

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