Münire Demirel v. Turkey (5346/03)

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Date 20080520
Article 5(3)
Decision violation

Violation of Article 5 § 3

Münire Demirel v. Turkey (no. 5346/03)

The applicant, Münire Demirel, is a Turkish national who was born in 1967 and lives in Istanbul.

In February 1995 the applicant was taken into police custody on suspicion of membership of an illegal organisation, the Dev-Sol. She was released pending trial in February 2003. The proceedings against her are currently still pending. The case concerned the applicant’s complaint about the excessive length of her detention on remand. She relied on Article 5 § 3 (right to liberty and security).

The Court considered that the length of the applicant’s detention on remand, approximately eight years, had been excessive and therefore held unanimously that there had been a violation of Article 5 § 3. Ms Demirel was awarded EUR 6,000 in respect of non-pecuniary damage and EUR 1,000 for costs and expenses. (The judgment is available only in English.)