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Turkish colleagues arrested

The Bureau of MEDEL

MEDEL was informed that today thousands of judges and prosecutors in Turkey were arrested and dismissed.

While MEDEL has not sufficient elements to comment on the attempt of coup d’etat occurred in Turkey, it is hard to understand how and why judges and prosecutors performing daily their judicial duties can be involved in such facts and face detention for their freedom of judgment and opinion.

MEDEL stands beside judges and prosecutors associated in YARSAV, the association member of MEDEL committed to the values of independence of the judiciary and Rule of Law, and to all Turkish judges and prosecutors facing detention for performing their duties of independent control in a democratic society.

MEDEL calls for immediate release of judges and prosecutors detained and for an independent assessment of the judiciary in Turkey, with the full involvement of international observers.

Le 17 juil. 2016