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Turkey: Detainees

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 5th December 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people in Turkey who are currently detained without charge or trial.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

In Turkey, suspects can be held in police custody for 48 hours only without being charged. In some circumstances this period can be extended up to 12 days. For the suspect then to remain in detention, they must be charged and their detention must be approved by a court. According to a statement by the Turkish Justice Minister on 20 November, there are 57,000 people in detention in Turkey whose sentence has not been confirmed. Some of these individuals may be awaiting their first hearing. Others will be part way through their hearing at a first instance court. Others will have been convicted by a first instance court but are appealing their conviction. We are concerned by the high numbers of people in pre-trial detention and will continue to monitor these issues closely.

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