A verdict is expected imminently in the trial of a number of alleged Islamic extremists accused over bomb attacks in Istanbul which left more than 60 people dead. Security has been stepped up around the court building ahead of the ruling. Nine out of 73 people accused have been in court today.
Prosecutors have sought life sentences for several key defendants. Two synagogues, the British consulate and a branch of the HSBC bank were targeted in the attacks in November 2003. They were the deadliest bombings ever to have occurred in peacetime in the country. A Turkish cell in the al Qaeda network claimed responsibility for the attacks, which wounded more than 600.
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