Suspected PKK members to stand trial in France

July 29, 2008 18:29

French judicial officials say 12 suspected members of the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party have been ordered to stand trial in France. The suspected PKK members have been charged with financing terrorism and bombing property. The charges stem from three gasoline-bomb attacks on bars and a cultural center in and around the city of Bordeaux in 2007. Judicial officials said Tuesday that the suspects are aged 19-43 but did not identify them by name. The officials were not authorized to be publicly named about such matters. The European Union and the United States consider the PKK a terrorist organization. The group is seeking autonomy for Kurds and has waged a bloody campaign against the Turkish state.

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