Turkey urges Council of Europe to reconsider disciplinary proceedings

Turkey on Dec. 2 called on the Council of Europe to avoid punishing Turkey ahead of a decision this week on whether Ankara could face rare disciplinary proceedings over the case of a jailed businessman Osman Kavala.

“In line with the principle of respect for pending judicial proceedings, we call on the Council of Europe to avoid taking further steps, which would/mean interference in the independent judiciary,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Everyone, and above all the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe should respect and trust legal proceedings conducted by independent and impartial courts,” it added.

Kavala has been in jail for more than four years, accused of financing the 2013 Gezi protests and playing a role in the 2016 coup attempt.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) earlier ruled on his release.

The rights body’s Committee of Ministers, which is responsible for overseeing the implementation of ECHR judgments, began meeting between Nov. 30 and Dec. 2.