• Short Summary

    THE RELEASE OF TURKISH POLITICAL PRISONERS, UNDER THE GOVERNMENT'S AMNESTY LAW, BEGAN AT KAYSERI, CENTRAL TURKEY, EARLY YESTERDAY (THURSDAY).

  • Description

    THE RELEASE OF TURKISH POLITICAL PRISONERS, UNDER THE GOVERNMENT'S AMNESTY LAW, BEGAN AT KAYSERI, CENTRAL TURKEY, EARLY YESTERDAY (THURSDAY). MORE THAN 280 PEOPLE EMERGED IN SMALL GROUPS FROM THE KAYSERI CAMP WHERE THEY HAD BEEN TRANSFERRED FROM YASSIADA LAST YEAR.

    ARMED TURKISH TROOPS STOOD BY AS THE RELEASED PRISONERS REJOINED WAITING RELATIVES WHO HAD COME UP FROM ANKARA AND ISTANBUL FOR THE OCCASION. MANY LEFT THE CAMP WITH LARGE QUANTITIES OF PERSONAL BELONGINGS INCLUDING TYPEWRITERS AND GRAMOPHONES. MOST OF THEM DROVE AWAY IN BUSES OR PRIVATE CARS WHILE THEIR GOODS WERE LOADED ON TO LORRIES.

    THE AMNESTY COVERS DEPUTIES OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY MAJORITY AT THE TIME OF THE MENDERES REGIME. THEY WERE ARRESTED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE ARMY COUP IN MAY 1960 AND LATER PUT ON TRIAL BEFORE THE HIGH COURT OF YASSIADA FOR "CRIMES AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION". THE TRIAL CULMINATED IN THE EXECUTION OF FORMER PRIME MINISTER MENDERES AND TWO OTHER MINISTERS.

    PRISONERS WITH SENTENCES UP TO 6 1/2 YEARS ARE BEING FREED UNCONDITIONALLY THOSE SERVING UP TO 7 1/2 YEARS WILL BE ON PAROLE FOR A YEAR AFTER THEIR RELEASE. ALL OF THEM MAY RESUME THEIR PROFESSIONS BUT ARE FORBIDDEN TO TAKE ANY PART IN PUBLIC LIFE.

    AT THE YASSIADA TRIAL, PRISON TERMS WERE IMPOSED ON A TOTAL OF ABOUT 550 PEOPLE. A FURTHER AMNESTY LAW IS NOW BEING PREPARED FOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS OF THE FORMER REGIME WHO ARE NOT COVERED BY THE FIRST LAW. THE LARGE NUMBER OF PRISONERS HAS PROVED A HEAVY BURDEN FOR THE TURKISH CIVILIAN GOVERNMENT WHICH TOOK OVER FROM THE MILITARY JUNTA A YEAR AGO.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6G0TU5DG691NVW8Z19FE19N56
    Media URN:
    VLVA6G0TU5DG691NVW8Z19FE19N56
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/10/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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