Turkey: Partial Amnesty

In Turkey's Kayseri State Prison a few weeks ago, inmates held an engagement party for two former Deputies who were among the 460 politicians jailed last year as supporters of executed Premier Adnan Menderes. Last week the engaged couple could look forward to a wedding ball without chains. Approved by the National Assembly was a long-delayed amnesty for all but 53 of the prisoners. Among those still behind bars: ex-President Celal Bayar, 78, serving a life sentence.

Bitter bickering over the proposed amnesty has been the parliament's main preoccupation for more than a year, while Turkey's economy teetered and riots...

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