Turkey indicts 69 over bombing
ANKARA: Turkey has indicted 69 suspects over four massive November car bombings in Istanbul that killed 63 people and left hundreds injured, the Anatolia news agency reported on Wednesday.
The 127-page indictment by Turkish prosecutors is the first lawsuit to be launched over the bombings, which authorities blame on Turkish Islamic extremists with links to the Al Qaeda network of Osama BinLaden.
The charge sheet called for life imprisonment, without chance of parole, for five defendants described as the leaders of the Al Qaeda cell in Turkey for “attempting to change the constitutional order by force”.
Two suspects face a prison term of between seven-and-a-half years and 22.5 years for “taking an active part in an attempt to change the constitutional order by force” if found guilty. —AFP