27 Nov 2012

Body of Turkish ex-leader shows signs of poisoning - report

9:35 am on 27 November 2012

A newspaper in Turkey is reporting that an autopsy on the exhumed body of the country's late President Turgut Ozal has revealed evidence of poisoning.

There had long been rumours that Mr Ozal, who died of heart failure in 1993 aged 65, was murdered by militants from a shadowy nationalist group, Reuters reports.

He had angered some with his efforts to end the Kurdish conflict and survived an assassination attempt in 1988.

His body was dug up last month on the orders of prosecutors investigating suspicions of foul play in his death.

The newspaper Zaman, citing sources in the state forensic medicine unit, said the contained the banned insecticide DDT and the related compound DDE at 10 times the normal level.