erdogan reported to UNSC by UN jurists

Turkey sentences UN war crimes judge on terrorism charges: Hague
Reuters, Jun 15 2017

AMSTERDAM – Turkey has sentenced a UN war crimes judge to 7½ years in prison on charges of “membership in a terrorist organization,” an international court in the Hague said on Thursday. Judge Aydin Sedaf Akay has been held in Turkey since September. The UN court said in a statement that Turkey’s actions constituted a “further breach of Judge Akay’s protected status”, as UN judges have diplomatic immunity under international law. Akay is a judge at the MICT, the Hague court set up to handle final appeals and other remaining cases from the Yugoslav and Rwanda war crimes tribunals, which are being wound down. At the time of his arrest, Akay was part of a panel assembled to determine if new evidence showed Rwandan Augustin Ngirabatware had been wrongfully convicted of genocide and jailed for 35 years (Some court! Some swingeing sentence! Some’wrongfulness’! – RB). That proceeding has been delayed by Akay’s absence. According to a statement by the MICT, Akay was convicted on Tuesday on a single charge of membership in “FETO.” MICT Pres Theodor Meron said that Akay’s arrest, “detention, and legal proceedings against him are inconsistent with the assertion of his diplomatic immunity by the UN, as well as the binding judicial order (to release him that the MICT) … issued in Jan 2017.” In March Meron reported Turkey to the UNSC over the matter.

One Comment

  1. GEM
    Posted June 16, 2017 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    The Alger Hiss of Turkey. There’s nothing authoritarian states hate more than international civil servants who act as the UN Charter requires.

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