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Two Former Jewish M.p.’s in Turkey Go on Trial, Face Heavy Jail Terms

Two Jewish members of the dissolved Parliament appeared this weekend in a special court at Yassiada Island near here, along with former President Celal Bayar, former Premier Adnan Menderes and other members of the Cabinet and Parliament, on charges of having violated the Constitution. The two Jews, Isaac Altabev and Joseph Salmona, who appeared in public for the first time since their arrest shortly after a military coup overthrew the Menderes Government, have been ill and hospitalized during their detention.

If found guilty, all 400 deputies face penalties ranging from five to 15 years imprisonment. Members of the Cabinet, who face possible death sentences are being charged with responsibility for inciting the anti-Greek riots of September 1955, which were turned against all minorities, including Jews. Jewish-owned stores and properties suffered heavy damage.

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