Turkey: Statement by the Spokesperson on a new detention order against Mr Kavala

Turkey: Statement by the Spokesperson on a new detention order against Mr Kavala

Wed, 19.02.2020 - 17:26

Brussels, 19/02/2020
Statements by the Spokesperson

On 18 February 2020, the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor issued a new detention order against Osman Kavala on new charges only few hours after a court ordered his release. The lack of credible grounds to re-arrest Osman Kavala and to continue his detention pending different charges, further damages the credibility of Turkey’s judiciary.

As a candidate country and long-standing member of the Council of Europe, Turkey is expected to apply the highest democratic standards and practices, including the right to a fair trial, the strict respect of the principle of presumption of innocence and a legal process. These are critical aspects not only for the citizens of Turkey, but also to guarantee an impartial and independent Turkish judiciary. Judicial proceedings cannot be used as a means of silencing critical voices.

The EU will continue to closely monitor ongoing trials, including the Büyükada case.


Peter STANO

Lead Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

+32 (0)460 75 45 53

Alceo SMERILLI

Press Officer for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations

+32 (0)2 29 64887 +32 (0)460 769 536