Turkey's Erdogan says won't respect Council of Europe after Osman Kavala move

Turkey's Erdogan says won't respect Council of Europe after Osman Kavala move
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03 February, 2022
The Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers decided on Wednesday to refer to the European Court of Human Rights the question of whether Turkey violated the European Convention on Human Rights by not releasing philanthropist Osman Kavala.
Turkey's President Erdogan was reacting to a decision concerning Osman Kavala [Antonio Masiello/Getty-archive]

Turkey will not respect the Council of Europe if it does not respect Turkish courts, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, when asked about a decision to refer the case against philanthropist Osman Kavala back to a top court.

The Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers decided on Wednesday to refer to the European Court of Human Rights the question of whether Turkey violated the European Convention on Human Rights by not releasing Kavala.

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The move is the next step in "infringement proceedings," which could result in Turkey's suspension from the Council of Europe, of which it is a founding member.

(Reuters)