INTRODUCTION: In turkey, a prison guard was jailed for 18 years on Tuesday (16 June) after being convicted of aiding the escape of Mehmet Ali Agca from an Istanbul jail.
GV EXTERIOR Mehmet Ali Agca surrounded by police in Rome.
SV Judge sitting at table in Istanbul
SV PAN Four accused stand up talking in Turkish. (4 SHOTS)
SV Judge addressing court, accused men listening. (3 SHOTS)
SV Accused Bunyamin Yilmaz being led away, while others celebrate.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In turkey, a prison guard was jailed for 18 years on Tuesday (16 June) after being convicted of aiding the escape of Mehmet Ali Agca from an Istanbul jail. Agca is at present awaiting trial in Italy on a charge of attempting to kill the Pope. The prison guard was one of five people before the court. The other four were acquitted.
SYNOPSIS: Soon after his arrest, it became clear that Mehmet Ali Agca had close connections with right wing Turkish extremists. It also became clear he had received their support when he escaped from an Istanbul maximum security prison, and during his subsequent 18 months travelling in Europe.
Agca was awaiting trial on a charge of murdering a Turkish newspaper editor when he escaped. The Turkish authorities responded with a wave of arrests, accusing both soldiers and civilians of negligence, or complicity in the escape. On Tuesday, five of the accused appeared before a military court. Two were army officers, two were sergeants. The fifth was Private Bunyamin Yilmaz, a young prison guard.
Yilmaz admitted he had helped Agca to escape. But he said he had been forced into it by a group of people who threatened to kill his family if he refused to take part.
The two officers and the two sergeants were accused of negligence. They were acquitted. Yilmaz was led away shouting right wing slogans while his co-defendants celebrated. Three other people, all civilians had earlier been convicted of hiding Agca in Istanbul.