The trial of members of the leftist revolutionary group Dev Sol opened in Istanbul on Monday (15 March).
SV Accused gathering in courtroom.
SV PULL BACK Judge calling out names of accused.
SV Police standing guard.
SV The accused seated.
SV Accused parents in gallery, wearing identity tabs.
SV lawyers consulting documents. (2 SHOTS)
SV Guard standing in front of accused. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: The trial of members of the leftist revolutionary group Dev Sol opened in Istanbul on Monday (15 March). Four hundred and twenty-eight young men and women are accused of murdering 90 people and attempting to overthrow the government. They are also alleged to have stolen 100 million Lira from banks and official organisations before the military coup which brought the present government to power 18 months ago. Relatives of the accused flocked into the public gallery as the military prosecutor opened the session. According to witnesses, the police intervened with truncheons when some of the accused refused to answer as their names were called. Some of the accused chanted "Death to fascism" and other slogans. The judge eventually ordered all journalists and members off the public to leave. The prosecution wants the death penalty for 146 of the accused, and long prison sentences for the others.