After months of trial the case was adjourned on December 8, 1994, to await a verdict. One of the MP's lawyers, Yusuf Alatas, stated that the prosecution had rested on its claims that the defendants were guilty of separatism and was seeking the death penalty. Alatas said the defendants decided not to produce a defense against the charges after their motions for evidence were denied. "They believe a defense will make no difference to the outcome," he said.
None of the MP's are charged with any acts of violence. The basis of the charges, according to Turkish prosecutor Talat Salk is: "Their aim is to form a Kurdish state by taking land from the government." The legislators were stripped of their parliamentary immunity in March, 1994, and their respective political parties were banned. For more information on the PKK and the struggle for an independent Kurdistan, contact: Kurdistan Report, 11 Portland Gardens, P.O. Box 1922, London, N4 1DL, England.)
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