The political trials are now taking place in Turkey.
SV PAN FROM Member of Turkish Labour Party giving evidence to other members seated
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Background: The political trials are now taking place in Turkey. More than 700 alleged members of the Revolutionary Party are on trial in the northern town of Amasya; and 80 leading members of the now dissolved Labour Party are indicted before a military court in Istanbul. The Labour Party members are accused by the military prosecutor of trying to demolish the state and establish the dictatorship of one class over another; and of Communist and separatist propaganda. The prosecution has demanded sentences ranging from 10 to 30 years in gaol. Twenty-eight defendants are actually before the court. The leader of the party, 72-year-old Mrs. Behice Boran, left the country after the army seized power in September 1980, and is now living in Belgium. She has already been tried on similar charges in her absence, and given a prison sentence of eight years and nine months.