Mass trials involving members of Turkey's extreme left-wing underground organisation Dev-Yol which started on October 18, 1982, resumed in the capital Ankara on December 29.
SVs Accused in dock during trial in Ankara. (3 SHOTS)
SV Lawyers seated.
SV Defendants. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Women defendants in dock.
SV Nasuh Mitap making statement.
SV Judges listening. (2 SHOTS)
SV/PAN Defendants in dock. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Mass trials involving members of Turkey's extreme left-wing underground organisation Dev-Yol which started on October 18, 1982, resumed in the capital Ankara on December 29. The 574 defendants, male and female, have been charged with political crimes committed before the September 1980 military coup which brought General Kenan Evren to power. The prosecution has requested the death penalty for 186 of the accused, and prison sentences ranging from three to 15 years for the others. An alleged member of the organisation's central committee, Nasuh Mitap, was among those questioned by the court for offences including murder, attempted murder, bodily assault, robbery and bombings. Recent reports of other trials and new restrictions on the news media seem to indicate that General Evren's government is not prepared to relax tough measures in which more than 30,000 people have been rounded up since the military takeover.