Turkey arrests Kurdish MPs

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The Independent Online
Turkish police arrested two leading Kurdish MPs yesterday after parliament voted to lift the immunity from prosecution of several Kurdish deputies, Hugh Pope writes from Istanbul.

Turkish state television said Hatip Dicle and Orhan Dogan had been arrested in Ankara. It said they would be charged under penal code article 125, which specifies the death penalty for anybody convicted of plotting against the territorial unity of Turkey. Mr Dicle, the radical leader of the Kurdish nationalist Democracy Party, had defended the killing by a Kurdish terrorist bomb of five off-duty army cadets near Istanbul. Mr Dogan is accused of having harboured separatist guerrillas.