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Body of Former Turkish President to Be Exhumed for Autopsy

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Sept. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Turkish prosecutors ordered the body of former Turkish President Turgut Ozal to be exhumed for an autopsy to investigate suspicions surrounding his death, the Anatolia agency said.

The chief prosecutors’ office in Ankara issued the ruling today, Anatolia said.

A state-run board under the supervision of President Abdullah Gul said in a report in June that the 1993 death of Ozal was suspicious and should be investigated. It said there had been no satisfactory investigation into allegations by some of Ozal’s family members and lawmakers that he might have been poisoned.

Ozal was elected prime minister in 1983 after civilian rule was restored following a military coup. He was president between 1989 and 1993 and died that year aged 65.

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