Boyraz v. Turkey (26891/02)

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Date 20080520
Article 5(3)
Decision violation

Violation of Article 5 § 3

Boyraz v. Turkey (no. 26891/02)

The applicant, Seyit Veyis Boyraz, is a Turkish national who was born in 1968 and lives in Istanbul.

In 1992 the applicant was placed in pre-trial detention in the course of police operations carried out against the extreme-left-wing armed organisation Devrimci Sol and faced criminal proceedings for attempting to overthrow the constitutional regime. He was released on bail in 2001. Relying on Article 5 § 3 (right to liberty and security), the applicant complained of the excessive length of his pre-trial detention.

The Court concluded unanimously that there had been a violation of Article 5 § 3 on account of the length (more than eight years) of Mr Boyraz’s detention. It awarded him EUR 7, 000 for non-pecuniary damage and EUR 2,000 for costs and expenses. (The judgment is available only in French.)