'Null and void!' Turkey snubs top European court's rulings as tensions soar

President Tayyip Erdogan said he does not recognise European rulings seeking the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala and Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas and will abide by Turkish court rulings on them, broadcaster NTV reported on Wednesday.

Last week the Council of Europe told Turkey it was preparing “infringement proceedings” over its failure to release Kavala, a move that could lead to Ankara’s suspension from the human rights body.

It also urged Turkey to release Demirtas.

The Council of Europe statement said: “By failing to ensure the applicant’s immediate release, the Committee (of Ministers) considers that Turkey is refusing to abide by the Court’s (ECHR’s) final judgment in this case.”

The Council asked Ankara to submit its view on the case by January 19, 2022 and the issue will be referred to the ECHR at its subsequent meeting on February 2, it said.

Speaking to reporters on a flight returning from Doha, President Erdogan was quoted as saying the European rulings on both Kavala and Demirtas were “null and void” for Turkey.

'Null and void!' Turkey snubs top European court's rulings as tensions soar
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Asked about the Council’s decision, President Erdogan said: “We do not recognise decisions taken by the European Union regarding Kavala, Demirtas and so on.”

The council’s warning on Kavala was in line with a 2019 ruling from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Turkey responded by accusing the Strasbourg-based body of meddling in the workings of its independent courts.

Last week a Turkish court ruled that Kavala should be kept in prison, extending his four-year detention without conviction.

He is accused of seeking to oust the government in a case that added to strains in Ankara’s troubled relations with its Western allies.

Demirtas, ex-leader of Turkey’s third largest parliamentary party, has been jailed pending trial since November 2016 on terrorism-related charges. They both deny the charges against them.

The ECHR ruled in 2019 that Kavala’s detention was political and called for his immediate release over a lack of reasonable suspicion that he committed an offence and ruling his detention served to silence him.

Turkey has not complied with the ruling.

The Council’s Committee of Ministers, which oversees implementation of ECHR decisions, has repeatedly called on Turkey to release Kavala in line with the ruling.

Turkey’s foreign ministry criticised the Committee’s move.

It said: “(We) invite the CoE to refrain from continuing with this decision that will have the quality of interfering with the independent judiciary.”

Kavala’s trial has been criticised as politically motivated and symbolic of a crackdown on dissent under President Tayyip Erdogan.


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'Null and void!' Turkey snubs top European court's rulings as tensions soar
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The government rejects this and says Turkey’s courts are independent.

Last month Erdogan threatened to expel the ambassadors of 10 countries, including the United States, Germany and France, after they echoed the ECHR ruling that Kavala should be freed.

Kavala was acquitted last year of charges related to nationwide protests in 2013, but the ruling was overturned this year and combined with charges in another case related to a coup attempt in 2016.

If the court finds a violation, the Committee of Ministers can begin considering which measures should be taken.

Turkey’s membership or voting rights at the CoE could be suspended at the end of the proceedings.

The infringement procedure that the CoE is now running is multi-stage and in no way necessarily leads to the exclusion of Turkey from the body.

The CoE also urged Turkey to ensure the immediate release of Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas, ex-leader of Turkey’s third-largest parliamentary party, who has been jailed pending trial since November 2016 on terrorism-related charges.

The Council of Europe, established after World War 2, has limited powers.

Its Committee of Ministers is composed of the foreign ministers of the organisation’s 47 member states, including the UK.

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