Recent Judgments

ECtHR: Arrest and pretrial detention of justices Erdal Tercan and Alparslan Altan is unlawful

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the arrest, pretrial detention and house search of the purged justice of the Turkish Constitutional Court (TCC) breached a number of human rights violations and ordered damages to be paid. The judgment is not a surprise as the ECtHR reached the same conclusion in the case of Alparslan Altan who was the other purged justice of the TCC.

The German Federal Constitutional Court: Turkey highly likely will not respect minimum standards deriving from international law

The German Federal Constitutional Court (GFCC) decided a lower court’s decision ordering the extradition of an individual to Turkey violated German law and Germany’s obligation deriving from international law.

The GFCC ruled that Turkey highly will not respect minimum standards deriving from international law. Therefore, an extradition decision which relied on the assurances provided by the Turkish government that the prosecution was not based on political grounds was unlawful and thus should be annulled.