The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has awarded € 5,000 each to more than 400 judges and prosecutors arrested in Turkey after an attempted coup d'etat on July 15, 2016. This follows from the court decision published on Tuesday on the website of the ECHR, TASS reports.
The court unanimously found a violation of paragraph 1 of Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights [The right to liberty and security of person -ed.] in connection with the unlawful pre-trial detention of the applicants. The state - the defendant [Turkey - ed.] is obliged to pay each applicant € 5 thousand.
The decision notes that the applicants are 427 people who at that time were judges and prosecutors at various levels of authority. The plaintiffs were detained as alleged members of the Fethullahist Organization (FETO) - supporters of the Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen - which the Turkish authorities accuse of organizing the putsch. The ECtHR clarifies that the applicants were suspended from their duties immediately after the attempted coup d'etat and were later detained.
On July 15, 2016, a group of soldiers and officers of the Turkish Armed Forces attempted a coup d'etat and capture of President Tayyip Erdogan. The main confrontation unfolded in Istanbul and Ankara, 250 people died, not counting the putschists, more than 2 thousand were injured. Ankara accuses FETO of organizing the putsch.
Thousands of people have been convicted in Turkey for assisting this organization.