Friday, January 28

Detention of Osman Kavala: Council of Europe initiates proceedings against Turkey

(Belga) The Council of Europe announced on Friday that it had started proceedings for possible sanctions against Turkey, which has kept patron Osman Kavala in detention, despite a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. man who asked for his “immediate release” in December 2019.

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, responsible for ensuring the execution of the decisions of the ECHR, sent “a formal notice to Turkey in the Kavala case”, indicates the Council of Europe in a press release, the first step in a long procedure that could lead to sanctions. The Ministerial Committee of the Council of Europe has been meeting in Strasbourg (France) since Tuesday, with its program examining the implementation of a whole list of judgments and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. man. Osman Kavala, 64-year-old prosperous businessman and patron, has been imprisoned for four years without trial, accused in particular by the regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of having sought to overthrow him. For having demanded his release last month, ten Western ambassadors, including that of the United States, France and Germany, were threatened with expulsion by the Turkish head of state who had changed his mind at the last minute. . At the last hearing, on November 26, the Istanbul court decided to keep Mr. Kavala in detention until at least January 17, despite warnings from the Council which had demanded his release. The infringement procedure has only been used once in the past, in 2017 against Azerbaijan, which refused to comply with a similar Council decision. (Belga)

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