Turkish ex-president’s body shows poison, death cause unclear: media

Source:Reuters - AFP Published: 2012-12-13 0:45:06

The exhumed body of Turkey's late president Turgut Ozal, who led the country out of military rule in the 1980s, contained poison but the cause of death was unclear, local media reported an autopsy as showing on Wednesday.

There have long been rumors that Ozal, who died of heart failure in 1993 aged 65, was murdered by militants of the "deep state," a shadowy group within the Turkish establishment of the day. Ozal had angered some with his efforts to end a Kurdish insurgency and survived an assassination bid in 1988.

Turkey's forensic institute completed the autopsy on Tuesday and the results will be sent to prosecutors investigating suspicions of foul play, state-run Anatolian news agency said.

"Poison was detected in Ozal's body during the analysis but experts could not agree on whether the cause of death was this poison," broadcaster NTV reported.

"Toxic materials were found in Ozal's body but these poisons were present in a form which could be found in any person's body," one official who had read the autopsy report was quoted as saying by Hurriyet newspaper on its website.

But Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the inconclusive results had not allayed his suspicions. "At least my suspicions still continue," Bozdag was quoted as saying by Anatolia.

Reuters - AFP

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