Abdullah Ocalan has begun an appeal before the European Court of Human Rights against the death sentence imposed on him. The Turkish state security court imposed the sentence on the Kurdish guerrilla leader after he was found guilty of murder and treason in June of last year. The Turkish government decided in January to postpone the execution in response to a request by the European Court of Human rights.

Mr Ocalan, the former leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, known as the PKK, is held responsible in Turkey for the killings of more than 30,000 people during 16 years of armed conflict. He says that he was not given a fair trial.