LIBYA. TWO TURKISH NATIONALS EXECUTED FOR MURDER, TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTRY
July 14, 2005: two Turkish citizens were executed in Libya, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said. ''Selim Aslan and Yunus Ozkan, who were sentenced to death in Libya as they were accused of committing murder in 1995, were executed. We express condolences to their families,'' the Ministry said in a written statement.
Turkey had made great efforts at all levels both in Tripoli and in Ankara to prevent the execution of Aslan and Ozkan due to humanitarian considerations, the Ministry noted. ''Despite all the efforts --of the Foreign Ministry, the Justice Ministry, the Prime Minister and the Justice Minister-- the execution of the two Turkish citizens doesn't befit the existing relations between Turkey and Libya,'' the Ministry indicated. (Sources: Anadolu Agency, 14/07/2005)