Former Turk party leaders may be headed for court
Ankara, Turkey — Two of Turkey's top political party leaders until last month's coup were flown from an Aegean island, where they had been held in "protective custody," to Mamak military prison. Alpaslan Turkes, a former colonel and head of the extreme right-wing Nationalist Movement Party, and Ecmettin Erbakan, chairman of the Muslim traditionalist National Salvation Party, may face prosecution in connection with their past as party leaders. Turkey's other two major party leaders, ousted Prime Minister Suleyman Demirel and Republican People's Party leader Bulent Ecevit, also in internal exile in a military garrison in western Turkey since the Spet. 12 takeover, were expected to be freed this weekend.