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DATE=2/23/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-245847 TITLE=TURKEY / OCALAN (L-ONLY) BYLINE=AMBERIN ZAMAN DATELINE=ANKARA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: IMPRISONED KURDISH REBEL LEADER ABDULLAH OCALAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH TREASON BY TURKISH OFFICIALS. AMBERIN ZAMAN REPORTS FROM ANKARA THE CHARGE FOLLOWS BY ONE-WEEK HIS CAPTURE IN NAIROBI BY A TEAM OF TURKISH SPECIAL FORCES. TEXT: THE LEADER OF THE KURDISTAN WORKERS' PARTY, WHICH TURKEY HAS OUTLAWED, IS BEING CHARGED WITH TREASON. ABDULLAH OCALAN FOUNDED AND LED THE GROUP'S 14-YEAR-LONG ARMED CAMPAIGN FOR SELF-RULE IN THE MAINLY-KURDISH SOUTHEAST REGION. LEGAL EXPERTS SAY IF CONVICTED, MR. OCALAN WILL LIKELY BE HANDED THE DEATH SENTENCE BY A SPECIAL STATE SECURITY COURT THAT INCLUDES A MILITARY JUDGE. BUT FEW BELIEVE AN EXECUTION WILL BE CARRIED OUT. A TEAM OF TURKISH LAWYERS WHICH VOLUNTEERED TO DEFEND THE CAPTURED REBEL CHIEF IS STILL AWAITING PERMISSION TO TRAVEL TO THE PRISON ISLAND NEAR ISTANBUL WHERE HE IS BEING HELD. ONE OF THE LAWYERS -- OSMAN BAYDEMIR -- WAS CLEARED TO TRAVEL TO IMRALI ISLAND. ACCORDING TO TURKISH TELEVISION REPORTS, HE COULD NOT DO SO TUESDAY, DUE TO POOR WEATHER CONDITIONS. MR. OCALAN WAS BROUGHT TO TURKEY LAST WEEK AFTER TURKISH SPECIAL FORCES SEIZED HIM ON HIS WAY TO NAIROBI AIRPORT. REPORTS THAT HE SPENT 12-DAYS, PRIOR TO HIS CAPTURE, AT THE GREEK AMBASSADOR'S RESIDENCE IN NAIROBI HAS LED TO FURTHER TENSIONS BETWEEN TURKEY AND GREECE. TURKISH PRIME MINISTER BULENT ECEVIT SAID (TUESDAY) HE HAS INSTRUCTED THE FOREIGN MINISTRY TO LOBBY WESTERN GOVERNMENTS TO HAVE GREECE ADDED TO THE LIST OF COUNTRIES THAT SUPPORT TERRORISM. HE BASES THAT ON WHAT HE DESCRIBED AS GREECE'S SUPPORT FOR A SEPARATIST TERRORIST GROUP THAT WAS FIGHTING TURKEY'S LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT. (SIGNED) NEB/AZ/PCF/RAE 23-Feb-99 8:48 AM EST (1348 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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