European Court of Human Rights questions Turkey on judges, prosecutors under arrest

European Court of Human Rights building in Strasbourg by night.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has addressed a series of questions to the Turkish government due to applications lodged by former judges and prosecutors disbarred and arrested after a coup attempt in July 2016, the Euronews Turkish service reported on Monday.

The court’s statement said the applicants are currently standing trial in Turkey for alleged membership in terrorist groups and that the applications were made in reference to several clauses in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), including Article 5 on freedom and security as they are being held behind bars in pre-trial detention.

In the questionnaire the court asked whether the arrests were made based on concrete evidence and strong suspicions and whether the trial process respected relevant domestic provisions with regard to pre-trial detention.

The ECtHR requested that Turkey clarify if there are strong justifications in support of curtailing the applicants’ freedom.

After the failed coup, 546 former judges and prosecutors, out of over 4,000 dismissed colleagues lodged applications with the ECtHR. (turkishminute.com)

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