UN demands Turkey release international judge

The president of the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, Theodor Meron, demanded (PDF) the release of Turkish judge Aydin Sefa Akay in an address to the UN General Assembly on Nov. 9. The General Assembly had elected Akay as a judge to the MICT in 2011. Turkish officials detained Akay in September after a failed coup against the Turkish government. Turkey's actions violated the diplomatic immunity of international judges, said Meron. In his address, Meron called for "Judge Akay's immediate release from detention and the cessation of all legal proceedings against him."

The repressive aftermath of the failed coup attempt continues as Turkish President Recep Erdoğan vowed that those involved in the coup would "pay a heavy price."

From Jurist, Nov. 10. Used with permission.