ECHR found Turkey guilty in Ragıp Zarakolu case

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found Turkey guilty in the case of writer Ragıp Zarakolu on the grounds of ‘arbitrary arrest’ and ‘violation of freedom of expression’ between October 2011 and April 2012. The court ruled that Turkey should pay 6,500 euros in compensation to Zarakolu, who was held in pre-trial detention for about 5 months.

Ragip Zarakolu was on trial in the KCK Istanbul Main Case.

Zarakolu was released on April 10, 2012, but the case continues at the Istanbul 3rd High Criminal Court. Ragip Zarakolu risks being sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Zarakolu was among 60 people detained as part of the investigation carried out by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on October 27, 2011, into the political academy of the then Peace and Democracy Party.

Ragıp Zarakolu, who lives in Sweden, applied to the ECtHR on the grounds that there was no concrete evidence regarding his detention.

Later, the Istanbul 3rd High Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Zarakolu, citing that his statement was not taken.

Turkey demanded the extradition of Zarakolu from Sweden. On 18 December 2019, the Swedish Supreme Court rejected Turkey’s extradition request.

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