UN judge under arrest in Turkey

November 9, 2016 18:05

AMSTERDAM - A Turkish judge on the UN court trying crimes from the Yugoslav wars and the Rwandan genocide has been arrested in Turkey in connection with July's coup attempt, in violation of his diplomatic immunity, the court's president said.

Addressing the UN General Assembly, court president Theodor Meron said Turkey had ignored his requests to visit Judge Aydin Sedaf Akay since his arrest on Sept. 21, which Meron said risked violating Akay's judicial independence.

"The UN Office of Legal Affairs has requested his release from detention and the cessation of all legal proceedings against him," Meron said. The arrest is believed to be the first occasion on which a UN judge's immunity has been violated.

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