November 28
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25th November 2021
Human Rights Justice & Litigation

Pre-trial detention of judges and prosecutors following 2015 military coup attempt in Turkey breached human rights, ECtHR rules

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has given its judgment in Turan v. Turkey (applications nos. 75805/16 and 426 others), ruling that the pre-trial detention of judges and prosecutors suspected of membership of an illegal organisation following a military coup attempt in Turkey breached the applicants’ right to liberty and security under Article 5(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). 

The applicants are 427 Turkish nationals, all of whom were sitting as judges or prosecutors at different types and/or levels of court at the material time, were arrested and placed in pre-trial detention in the aftermath of the military coup attempt of 15 July 2016, on suspicion of being members of an organisation described b

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