Turkey: colonel arrested in Kurdistan killings

A Turkish officer was arrested March 25 in connection with suspected extrajudicial killings in the country’s predominantly Kurdish southeast in the 1990s. A court in Diyarbakir issued the arrest warrant for the officer, Col. Cemal Temizoz, pending a trial. Colonel Temizoz served near the town of Cizre, about 40 miles from the Iraqi border, from 1993 to 1996, when hundreds of Kurdish civilians were said to have been killed by security forces. In excavations around Cizre, officials have so far found pieces of clothing and at least 20 bones, which will be subject to DNA examination. (NYT, March 26)

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