EU expresses "serious concern" over lifting of Turkish immunity

A decision by the Turkish parliament to lift the immunity from prosecution of 138 members of parliament, including nearly all the pro-Kurdish legislators, is "a matter of serious concern," top EU officials say in a statement.

"In line with relevant international recommendations, immunity must apply to all on a non-discriminatory basis and decisions on lifting immunity must be based on the merits of each specific case ... and not subject to any political considerations," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn say.

"A restrictive interpretation of the legal framework and the constitution in particular continue to pose a risk to the freedom of expression of members of parliament in Turkey," they add.

They also note that "any alleged wrongdoing or crime committed by members of parliament should be subject to due process."

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49
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