APn 10/05 1103 Ozal Assailant ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A Turkish court has indicted a former
APn 10/05 1103 Ozal Assailant
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A Turkish court has indicted a former
teacher in the attempted assassination of Premier Turgut Ozal
four months ago, the Anatolia News Agency reported.
Kartal Demirag was indicted Tuesday by the State Security
Court, which charged him with attempted premeditated murder for
shooting at Ozal while the premier was delivering a speech to
members of his governing Motherland Party.
The indictment, which said Demirag held neo-fascist views,
also charged him with carrying an unlicensed weapon and using a
false identity, according to the news agency.
One of the two shots Demirag fired hit the microphone in front
of the premier and the other struck Ozal's thumb. Bodyguards
returned fire, wounding 20 other people and the gunman.
Demirag was sentenced last year to 10 years in prison for
knifing a man in a coffeehouse brawl. He escaped from jail in
January and remained in hiding until the assassination attempt.
No trial date has been set.
Turkish newspapers reported earlier that Demirag was a member
of the youth organization of the defunct neo-fascist National
The party's youth branch, known as the Gray Wolves,
participated in terrorism that claimed about 5,000 lives from
1978 to 1980 and that led to a military takeover in 1980.
The indictment said Demirag had a grudge against Ozal for not
declaring an amnesty for right-wing activists after he was
elected premier, Anatolia said.
Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who shot and wounded Pope
John Paul II in Rome in 1981, also allegedly belong to the Gray
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