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November 26, 1999 | AMBERIN ZAMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Turkey's highest appeals court Thursday upheld the death sentence for Kurdish guerrilla leader Abdullah Ocalan, prompting new warnings from the West that his execution by hanging would undermine the country's bid for European Union membership. Hundreds of relatives of Turkish soldiers killed while fighting Ocalan's 15-year struggle for Kurdish self-rule hugged each other and whooped for joy outside the courthouse in Ankara, the capital, as the decision was announced.
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November 26, 1999 | AMBERIN ZAMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Turkey's highest appeals court Thursday upheld the death sentence for Kurdish guerrilla leader Abdullah Ocalan, prompting new warnings from the West that his execution by hanging would undermine the country's bid for European Union membership. Hundreds of relatives of Turkish soldiers killed while fighting Ocalan's 15-year struggle for Kurdish self-rule hugged each other and whooped for joy outside the courthouse in Ankara, the capital, as the decision was announced.
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