Turkey's military leaders are to place two political party leaders on trial.
GV Convoy of cars across military helicopter landing area at Gallipoli, Dardanelles Strairs, Turkey.
GV Helicopter in field. (2 SHOTS)
GV Helicopter taking off.
SV Mr. Suleyman Demirel and wife arriving at their Ankara home in car, Mr. Demirel getting out of car and engulfed by crowd.
SV TILT DOWN Mr. Bulent Ecevit in military limousine, arriving in front of his house, as supporters greet him. (2 SHOTS)
SCU Mr. Ecevit being embraced by supporters as he tries to enter his home. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Turkey's military leaders are to place two political party leaders on trial. They are extreme rightist Alpaslan Turkes and Moslem fundamentalist Necmettin Eroakan. About 100 other parliamentarians were detained after last month's coup in Turkey which brought the military to power. They may also face military trails for crimes they are accused of committing before the coup. Meanwhile on Saturday (11 October) two of the country's former Prime Ministers, Suleyman Demirel and Bulent Ecevit, were released from detention.
SYNOPSIS: They had been held in relative comfort at an army officers' holiday resort at Gallipoli on the Dardanelles Straits. After their release, Mr. Demirel and Mr. Ecevit and their wives were taken to Ankara by army helicopters. Under martial law regulations the politicians had to be released within 30 days of being detained unless a charge was made against them. Fifty other parliamentarians were released the same day from army barracks in Ankara.
Mr. Demirel, Turkey's Prime Minister before the coup, was greeted by a crowd of supporters when he arrived home in Ankara. The following day, Moslem Fundamentalist party leader Necmetin Erbakan was told he would face a military trial on a charge of working to impose an Islamic state on the country. Nine former members of his Moslem National Party (NSP) will face trials on similar charges.
These charges come under the country's penal code forbidding activities against the secular nature of the state.
Mr. Bulent Ecevit, formerly the country's main opposition leader, also received a warm welcome home. But his apartment is outside the Turkish capital and only a few people watched his arrival.
Turkey's former political leaders and the many parliamentarians were detained after the coup on 12 September so that prosecutors could investigate their past activities. The country's military leader, General Kenen Evren, said before the takeover that no politician would go unpunished for his crimes. Mr. Demirel and Mr. Ecevit were charged with violating Turkey's election law which forbids election campaigning after nightfall.