Turkey's 8th President Turgut Özal. Hürriyet photo
The 1993 death of Turkish President Turgut Özal has now been classified as “suspicious,” according to a report from Turkey's State Audit Board (DDK) that was released today.
President Abdullah Gül ordered the DDK to investigate Özal's death following long-running allegations that the president died as the result of foul play and not from a heart attack as officially reported at the time.
The DDK said in its statement that Özal's body needed to be exhumed for a new autopsy.
Özal died in office on April 17, 1993.
The DDK will send its report to a prosecutor who will then decide whether to perform an autopsy.