Turkey: Anti-terrorism Laws

House of Lords written question – answered at on 9 October 2006.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have made representations to the Government of Turkey in respect of their recently amended anti-terrorism law that denies suspects access to their lawyers for the first 24 hours of detention.

Photo of Lord Triesman Lord Triesman Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Amendments to the Turkish anti-terror law were passed by Parliament on 29 June. Article 9b of this amendment package allows for a terrorism suspect's right of access to a lawyer to be delayed by 24 hours with a court order. However, no statement may be taken during this period. Similar provisions exist in the law of several EU member states. We have not raised concerns over this article with the Turkish Government.

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