A martial law court in Ankara sentenced former Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit to prison on July 6.
SV Bulent Ecevit at rostrum speaking (Turkish SOT) PULL BACK TO GV people in court listening.
SV Presiding judge and prosecutor listening.
SV Ecevit speaking with wife seated behind.
SV PAN Journalists taking notes, PAN TO Ecevit speaking. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: A martial law court in Ankara sentenced former Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit to prison on July 6. He was found guilty of violating a military ban on public political statements being made by former party leaders. After the hearing Mr. Ecevit was allowed to return home while legal procedures are completed for his imprisonment of two months and 27 days. This will be his second term in jail, having been sentenced for two months last December (1981) on a similar charge. The former social-democratic premier gave evidence throughout the trial. The charge against Mr. Ecevit stemmed from a political commentary he wrote for the West German weekly, Der Spiegel. In the article which appeared in the March 22 edition, he accused Turkey's ruling generals of deviating from the principles of Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish republic. In his 15 page statement delivered to the court, Mr. Ecevit described the military edict banning political comments as not in the interest of Turkey's transition to a civilian democratic regime.