Leader of Turkish Muslim Radicals Attempts Suicide in Jail

Published June 26th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The leader of a Turkish hardline Muslim group made an unsuccessful suicide attempt Sunday in his cell in an Istanbul prison, the Anatolia news agency reported. 

Salih Mirzabeyoglu, the head of the Islamic Front of Raiders of the Great Orient (IBDA-C), tried to hang himself in Kartal jail, on Istanbul's Asian side, but was stopped by prison authorities, Anatolia said quoting unnamed officials. 

Mirzabeyoglu was taken to hospital for medical treatment and then brought back to jail under heavy security, the agency said. 

It added that the IBDA-C leader was treated for head injuries without specifying how he had sustained them. 

Authorities charge IBDA-C, founded in 1985, with responsibility for a number of bomb attacks on bars, discotheques and churches in Istanbul. 

The group had declared 1999 the "Year of Conquest" in its campaign to replace Turkey's strictly secular system with a hardline Islamic regime, according to police. 

Mirzabeyoglu was jailed two years ago and is on trial for plotting to overthrow the constitutional order, a charge that carries the death penalty - ANKARA (AFP) 


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