Euro Court Condemns Turkey Over Missing Kurd

STRASBOURG–France (Reuters)–The European Court of Human Rights condemned Turkey on Tuesday over the alleged disappearance and death of a Kurd in police custody.

Abdulvahap Timurtas was detained in 1993 and a Turkish prosecutor refused to investigate his disappearance as he was suspected of belonging to the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party–Timurtas’s father Mehmet–who brought the case–told the court.

Turkish authorities have denied Timurtas was detained.

The court ruled that Turkey had failed to adequately investigate his disappearance and was liable for his death. It also ruled that Mehmet Timurtas’s anguish over his son’s disappearance was tantamount to torture.

It granted Mehmet Timurtas a total 50,000 pounds ($75,720) in damages and costs–to be paid by Turkey.


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