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Leaders of Kurdish Party Are Jailed

From Times Wire Reports

A Turkish court jailed the leadership of the country’s main Kurdish party, alleging that they aided separatist rebels. An Ankara court convicted 31 leading members of the People’s Democratic Party and sentenced them to between 4 1/2 and six years in prison. But a youth who tore down a Turkish flag at a party congress last year was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in jail. The flag incident outraged many Turks, led to counter-protests throughout the country and precipitated the case against the Kurdish party leaders.


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