The Constitutional court has ruled that the arrest of İdil Eser, the former director of Amnesty Turkey, during the Büyükada trial caused a rights violation.
The court has concluded that the state violated personal liberty and security, which is guaranteed by Article 19 of the Constitution, because Eser’s arrest was not lawful, and ordered it to pay 40,000 lira (4,663 USD) for immaterial damages. The court gave the judgment unanimously.
Eser’s attorney Benan Molu said, “The case is at the Court of Cassation. According to the judgment, she should have never been arrested and she should be acquitted now.”
Eser was detained on July 5, 2017, and remanded in custody on July 18, 2017, before being released with seven other rights advocates after the hearing on October 25, 2017.
The top court previously gave a similar judgment for another defendant in the Büyükada trial, Özlem Dalkıran.