PARIS: French prosecutors yesterday sought jail terms of up to eight years in prison against 15 Turkish citizens charged with financing a banned far-left group with links to Kurdish rebels. They called for the eight-year term for the presumed leader of the French wing of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP-C) as well as against the treasurer. They called for lesser terms against the other defendants. Since 1976, the DHKP-C has been blamed for numerous attacks against the Turkish state that have left dozens of people dead, including two retired generals and a former justice minister.
German train driver found guilty over crash
BERLIN: The driver of a freight train that smashed into a passenger train in eastern Germany, killing 10, received a year’s suspended sentence yesterday for manslaughter and negligent bodily harm. The regional court in Magdeburg found the 41-year-old driver, who was not named, guilty of causing the January 2011 crash that also injured 22. In thick fog, the driver drove through two stop signals on the single-line track and collided head-on with the Harz-Elbe-Express, all but obliterating the first carriage of the passenger train in Hordorf, near Magdeburg.
Greek firm refuses to refuel Iran oil tanker
ATHENS: A Greek firm has refused to refuel an Iranian-owned tanker flying the Tanzanian flag, the company said yesterday, in one of the first such cases to show European sanctions are taking their toll on Iran’s oil trade. A EU embargo on Iranian oil exports to Europe and a ban on European ship insurance are among the tougher measures imposed on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear programme, aiming to make Western companies halt trade with the OPEC member country. The Baikal, part of top Iranian tanker operator NITC’s fleet, had been anchored off the Greek island of Syros since Monday.Agencies