The ENCJ condemns the attempted coup in Turkey and regrets the loss of lives and many casualties. Those behind the coup should be held responsible through a fair and impartial trial in accordance with international standards.
The ENCJ is gravely concerned by the reports that over 2700 judges and prosecutors were suspended and/or dismissed by the High Council for Judges and Prosecutors only hours after the terrible events happened. A number of judges that were member of the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors appear to be among those suspended from office. Further reports seem to indicate that a vast number of judges and prosecutors were subsequently detained.
Current events give reason to believe that a further purge of the judiciary is taking place under the pretext of the failed coup attempt. The ENCJ reiterates its call to the Turkish Authorities to respect fully the main principles that guarantee the independence of judges and the principles of due process for all those affected.
The ENCJ will follow the developments in Turkey and stay in close contact with the relevant European and international authorities.