Turkey: The Verdict

For eleven months, when Turks referred to "The Island," it was understood that they meant Yassiada island, off Istanbul, where former Premier Adnan Menderes, ex-President Celal Bayar and 588 lesser functionaries were on trial, some of them for their lives. Last week the long proceedings on The Island were over, and the end was grim.

When General Cemal Gursel and his military junta put Menderes & Co. on trial last year after seizing power from them in a bloodless coup, the legal case against the ex-Premier and his associates was based on the...

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