Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gül had a conversation with Jagland 19.10.2017
Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gül had a phone conversation with Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland.

The conversation was about Turkey - Council of Europe relations. Minister Gül indicated that Turkey is a state of law and respectful of human rights in which independent and impartial courts render judgments based on the rule of law and on account of the evidence available in the files. Also judicial matters were brought up during the talk.

Abdulhamit Gül underlined that public prosecutors conduct investigations independently and impartially. He has drawn attention to the fact that there isn't any prejudiced behaviour towards human rights activists in Turkey. In addition, he said that in the event that there is reasonable suspicion of commission of a crime, no person or professional may be exempt from investigation within the scope of the positive obligation of the State. He stated that investigations into the persons concerned were finalized within a short period of three months, announced the hearing be held on 25 October and the court decisions must be respected by everyone.

Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gül recalled that the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on detention seeks the criterion of "reasonable suspicion" with reference to the commission of crime, on the other hand Turkish legislation has higher criteria for detention and "concrete evidence suggesting strong suspicion of crime" is required thereof. Gül indicated that such evidence is sought also in the case concerned. In the phone conversation between Minister Gül and Jagland, wishes to enhance the cooperation and dialogue between the Council of Europe and Turkey were conveyed.

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