Turkey to 'restore' honor of junta-hanged PM

It is highly likely that the General Assembly will adopt a resolution to declare the ruling to execute Menderes null and void and to restore the honor of Turkey's ninth prime minister.

Turkey to 'restore' honor of junta-hanged PM

World Bulletin / News Desk

Parliament is preparing to restore the honor of Turkey's ninth prime minister, Adnan Menderes, who was hanged by a junta government after the 1960 coup d'état following a highly humiliating trial.

Parliament's Petitions Commission has looked into the case files from the trials of Menderes held in the post-coup period, responding to a request from Burhan Asri Apaydın, a lawyer from the Menderes family. The case files comprise thousands of pages and are currently being examined by the commission, which will submit a detailed report on its findings. There are plans to adopt a law to restore the honor of the former prime minister.

A group of legal experts will be conducting the bulk of the examination of the case files which were retrieved from the state archives. It is highly likely that the General Assembly will adopt a resolution to declare the ruling to execute Menderes null and void and to restore the honor of Turkey's ninth prime minister. Menderes was executed by a decision made by the Supreme Justice Council, a judicial body operated under the parts of the National Unity Committee, the post coup d'état executive authority.

The commission began its work after lawyer Apaydın wrote to it, saying the ruling against Menderes was in violation of the law. He also presented evidence, including a letter from Cemal Gürsel, head of the National Unity Committee, in which the general said to Menderes, “This nation loves you.”

Apaydın's request was first filed with the Parliament Speaker's Office and was later referred to the petition commission by Speaker Cemil Çiçek. The head of the Petition Commission, Mehmet Daniş, later agreed to take on the case and started requesting legal information from the relevant state agencies.

Last Mod: 16 Aralık 2012, 17:52
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