March 6, 2017
Turkey is infringing the judicial independence of a United Nations (UN) war crimes tribunal by holding one of its judges in prison despite an order to release him, the court ruled on Monday, referring the matter to the UN Security Council.
The UN court had earlier ordered Ankara to release Judge Aydın Sefa Akay, a Turkish national who was arrested last year on suspicion of involvement in failed coup attempt against Turkey’s government on July 15, 2016.
Akay, a judge on the Mechanism for the International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), had been due to hear a request for the case of a 1994 Rwandan genocide convict to be reopened.
MICT had ordered Turkey to release judge Akay who is among thousands of people arrested over their alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement in the aftermath of the failed coup. MICT had ordered Ankara to free Judge Aydın Sefa Akay by Feb. 14 and halt legal proceedings against him.