Turkish extradition stayed as an abuse of process: government misled the court

07.04.14 | |

District Judge Bayne discharged an extradition request in an excoriating final verdict against the Turkish authorities. Represented by Ben Cooper, alleged Kurdish PKK member, Deniz Akgul told the court that he had been tortured while in detention in Turkey; he was blindfolded, beaten with weapons, bitten by a dog and threatened with a snake. During the course of the extradition hearings, the court found the Turkish government had attempted deliberately to mislead and acted in bad faith; this included putting Mr. Akgul on trial and convicting him in absentia, despite knowing he was in the UK and unable to attend trial because of their extradition request. The judge held that, if extradited, Mr. Akgul was at real risk of further torture and would face a flagrant breach of the right to a fair trial. The Republic of Turkey elected not to exercise its automatic right of appeal against any of the grounds on which extradition was denied.


In Republic of Turkey v Deniz Akgul, Ben Cooper was instructed by Ozlem Erbil Cetin of Kent Solicitors.


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