Aksoy v Turkey: ECHR 18 Dec 1996

In the context of Kurdish separatist terrorism which had claimed almost 8000 lives, the court accepted a derogation from the Convention because of a state of emergency. However the applicant had been detained, tortured and finally released without charge. Applicant complained in particular that his detention in 1992 on suspicion of aiding and abetting PKK terrorists was unlawful and that he had been tortured (‘Palestinian hanging’ i.e. stripped naked, with arms tied together behind back, and suspended by arms). Damages were awarded for pecuniary loss and for non-pecuniary loss (distress to the father of the applicant who continued the case after his son had died).

21987/93, [1997] 23 EHHR 533, [1996] ECHR 68
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Updated: 01 November 2021; Ref: scu.165476