Turkey puts 36 ji­hadist on trial over bomb­ing

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Turkey yes­ter­day put 36 sus­pects on trial over a dou­ble sui­cide bomb­ing last year blamed on Is­lamic State ji­hadists that killed over 100 peo­ple in the coun­try’s dead­li­est at­tack. The bomb­ing on Oc­to­ber 10, 2015 out­side Ankara’s main train sta­tion tar­geted mainly young peo­ple at­tend­ing a peace rally of pro-Kur­dish ac­tivists that was to start later that day. Sup­port­ers of the vic­tims have un­til now bit­terly crit­i­cized the slow­ness of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the at­tack, which fur­ther raised ten­sions be­tween the au­thor­i­ties and the Kur­dish mi­nor­ity. The trial got un­der­way at the Ankara crim­i­nal court in the pres­ence of op­po­si­tion MPs and fam­i­lies of the vic­tims, sev­eral of whom shouted “mur­der­ers” at the sus­pects, re­ports said. Thirty-five of the sus­pects are Turk­ish while one-named as Valentina Slo­bod­jan­juk-is a Kazakh cit­i­zen, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. Sev­eral of the sus­pects face mul­ti­ple sen­tences of up to 11,750 years in prison each on charges of mur­der and seek­ing to change the con­sti­tu­tional or­der.

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