Seventeen leading members of the Turkish Writers' Union appeared before a military court in Istanbul on January 5.
1. SV ZOOM TO CU Judge at trial in Istanbul. 0.13
2. SV President of Bar Association Orhan Apayydin, standing and complaining to judge. 0.17
3. SV PAN Accused seated listening to proceedings. (2 SHOTS) 1.24
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Background: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Seventeen leading members of the Turkish Writers' Union appeared before a military court in Istanbul on January 5. The authors, who include Turkey's best known humorist Aziz Nesin, face charges of spreading communist propaganda and links with illegal organisations. The Istanbul Bar Association President Orhan Apayydin, told the court the defence was unable to finalize its case because summons had been served at short notice. Mr. Apayydin is among the accused, together with Mr. Ataol Behramoglu, a poet, who is charged over his position within the Turkish Peace Association. The 82-page indictment alleges all defendants had links with the outlawed Communist Party of Turkey and other illegal organisations such as the Progressive Trade Unions' Confederation, and the Progressive Youth Association. Leaders of these groups are on trial for their lives. The prosecutor is asking for sentences of up to 15 years in the Turkish writers' case, indicating that the military government of General Kenan Evren is not afraid of international criticism, notably from Western human rights organisations.
Source: AYDIN ATAR