• Short Summary

    The mass trial of 185 Turkish leftists opened in a military court in Ankara on Wednesday (10 January) with allegations that some defendants had been beaten during questioning.

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    GV PAN Judges and court officials
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    SV PAN & MV Judges (2 shots)
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    GV PAN & SV Accused sitting before court (2 shots)
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    GV PAN Judges and legal officials
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    MV One of accused stands before court
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    GV & GV PAN Accused seated in courtroom (2 shots)
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    GV PAN FROM Judges TO Accused
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    Background: The mass trial of 185 Turkish leftists opened in a military court in Ankara on Wednesday (10 January) with allegations that some defendants had been beaten during questioning.

    Dogu Perincek, former assistant law professor at Ankara University, presented a petition to the court on behalf of himself and sixteen other defendants rejecting the military court as a creation of a "Fascist military dictatorship." And, he alleged that a number of defendants had been beaten while in custody.

    The accused, who include ten young former army officers and nine civil servants, are all said to have been members of the illegal Turkish Revolutionary Workers and Peasants Party.

    Charges against them range from attempting to overthrow the constitutional from of government and attempting to establish a one-class dictatorship - a crime which can carry the death penalty - to insulting State authorities, harbouring criminals and illegal possession of firearms.

    More than 3,300 people have gone before military courts since martial law was imposed in eleven Turkish provinces in April 1971, amid mounting guerrilla attacks and student unrest.

    SYNOPSIS: The mass trial of a hundred-and-eighty-five Turkish leftists opened in a military court in Ankara on Wednesday. This is just the latest in a series of trials before military courts, since martial law was imposed in parts of the country in 1971 amid mounting guerrilla activity and student unrest... The defendants filled almost every seat in the army barracks where the trial is being held.

    The court is hearing charges ranging from attempting to overthrow the government and establishing a dictator-ship - a crime which can carry the death penalty - to insulting government authorities and illegal possession of firearms... The accused include ten young former army officers and nine civil servants - all said to have been members of the illegal Turkish Revolutionary Workers and Peasants Party. At the trial a petition was presented by a group of defendants, claiming that they had been beaten during questioning.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3D6QD6YOTH0HCI07CCOBUGU2T
    Media URN:
    VLVA3D6QD6YOTH0HCI07CCOBUGU2T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/01/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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