A Belgian appeals court acquitted seven far-leftist Turkish militants of charges of belonging to a terrorist organization, and gave three of the acquitted a suspended sentence for illegal arms possession. The ruling came in a retrial that was ordered after the first trial was declared unfair for technical reasons. Their arrest followed the discovery of an arms cache on the Belgian coast; however, the judge ruled that the group had no intention of committing terrorist acts in Belgium. Dozens of Turkish supporters applauded and cheered upon the reading of the verdict.

Share Button

Sources