Turks Seek Arrest of Kurd Assembly Chief Members

ANKARA (Reuters)–A Turkish court on Monday issued arrest warran’s for the leader and 32 members of a Brussels-based self-appointed Kurdish parliament regarded by Turkey as a front for so-called Kurdish rebels.

State-run Anatolian news agency said the Ankara state security court ordered the arrest of the chairman of the "Kurdish parliament in exile," Yasar Kaya–and the other members in their absence.

They were accused of forming an illegal armed gang–a charge which carries a sentence of at least 15 years in jail–said Anatolian.

Clashes between troops and Kurdss have continued despite Turkey’s claims. Ocalan was sentenced to death by a Turkish court for treason last month and is due to appeal against it.

Kaya has deplored the capital punishment passed on Ocalan and said both sides would suffer as a result of the verdict.

The agency said court prosecutor Nuh Mete Yuksel was conducting an investigation into a further 32 members of the group. It did not give any more details.

The 165-member group seeking a negotiated solution to the conflict established itself in 1995 in Belgium despite strong protests from Ankara.


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