Havel holds hunger strike for Kurdish doctor

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23 March 2007, Prague (dpa) - Former Czech president Vaclav Havel decided to join a symbolic hunger strike in order to support a Kurdish-born doctor who has been on trial in Czech courts since 1995, secretary for the former Czech president, Jakub Hladik, confirmed on Thursday. "He wants to join in a serious manner," Hladik said, adding, "But I do not know when he will start and when he will end." The Kurdish doctor, who holds a German passport, Yekta Uzunoglu, 53, was indicted in the Czech Republic in 1994

23 March 2007

Prague (dpa) - Former Czech president Vaclav Havel decided to join a symbolic hunger strike in order to support a Kurdish-born doctor who has been on trial in Czech courts since 1995, secretary for the former Czech president, Jakub Hladik, confirmed on Thursday.

"He wants to join in a serious manner," Hladik said, adding, "But I do not know when he will start and when he will end."

The Kurdish doctor, who holds a German passport, Yekta Uzunoglu, 53, was indicted in the Czech Republic in 1994 with allegedly torturing two compatriots. He has denied the charges, arguing that he has fallen victim to a plot by business competitors.

Uzunoglu, a signatory of the Czechoslovak dissident human-rights Charter 77 declaration, went on a hunger strike intended to clear his name a week ago.

Former dissidents and personalities of Czech public life are taking a one-day symbolic hunger-strike turns to express their support for his case.

DPA

Subject: German news

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