Communist badges evidence in terror case

July 27, 2012 at 6:36 PM
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ANKARA, Turkey, July 27 (UPI) -- Hammer and sickle badges are being used as evidence in a Turkish case against alleged terrorists, officials say.

Sixteen alleged terrorists were arrested after they participated in a May Day celebration in the northern province of Corum in 2011, reported Friday.

Authorities said they were chanting illegal slogans and were members of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C), which is recognized as a terrorist organization.

Police searched the homes of those arrested and found posters of Turkish revolutionaries Deniz Gezmis and Mahir Cayan, a badge with a hammer and sickle emblem on it and pro-DHKP/C magazines. The items were used as evidence to support allegations against those arrested.

An Ankara has asked for three of those arrested to be sentenced to 35-80 years in prison for "membership in the DHKP/C" and "propagating the organization."

The other 13 suspects face various prison terms for membership in a terrorist organization and spreading propaganda.

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