Повторный арест Османа Кавалы по обвинениям, связанным с попыткой государственного переворота 15 июля 2016 года, состоявшийся сразу после вынесения в отношении него оправдательного приговора по делу Гези, является прекрасной иллюстрацией острых проблем турецкой судебной системы и положения турецких правозащитников, с которыми я столкнулась и которые я отразила в докладе, опубликованном сегодня.
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I bear in mind that the prosecutor had Osman Kavala arrested for the first time in October 2017; that he was consequently detained, which was a human rights violation from the very outset according to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR); that the indictment against Kavala was only filed sixteen months after his initial detention; that this indictment did not contain a shred of evidence of illegal activity, as confirmed by the ECtHR; that the ECtHR ruled that these proceedings and Osman Kavala’s detention pursued the ulterior purpose of reducing him to silence as a human rights defender; and that this allegedly new investigation has also been pending since his initial arrest.
The hope I felt yesterday with the acquittals and the decision to release Kavala, after 28 months spent in detention in complete violation of several human rights protected under the European Convention on Human Rights, as well as of the most elementary principles of legality and rule of law, was unfortunately very short-lived. It is difficult not to note a similarity between this re-arrest and what happened in the cases concerning Ahmet Altan, Selahattin Demirtaş and Taner Kılıç, whose trial today I am also following very closely.
In such a context, these allegedly new charges brought against Osman Kavala have no credibility and for me, this arrest amounts to ill-treatment. I call on the Turkish judiciary and the Council of Judges and Prosecutors to assume their responsibility, by not giving a judicial confirmation to such abuses of criminal proceedings, and by reining in such prosecutors.