European court fines Turkey for mistreatment of citizen

European court fines Turkey for mistreatment of citizen
# 12 February 2013 18:34 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Turkey was fined 12,000 euros by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) after a Turkish citizen applied to the Strasbourg-based court, claiming that he was mistreated by the bodyguards of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan, APA reports quoting Todays Zaman.


Necati Yılmaz sustained injuries when he engaged in a quarrel with the bodyguards of the prime minister in the inauguration ceremony of a road in 2007. He was believed to have insulted Erdoğan at the ceremony before the quarrel broke out.

“The court found that the authorities used disproportionate force in the course of a normal arrest and that the criminal investigation carried out to date had led to the bodyguards presumed to be responsible for the violence being granted virtual impunity,” the ECtHR said in a written statement.

Yılmaz was detained after allegedly publicly insulting the prime minister. The next day, he was released. However, he claimed that he was beaten during his detention and sustained injuries. Medical reports also confirmed his claims.

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