Tarak v. Turkey (18711/02)

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Date 20080408
Article 5(3)
Decision violation

Violation of Article 5 § 3

Tarak v. Turkey (no. 18711/02)

The applicant, Cihan Deniz Tarak, is a Turkish national who was born in 1976 and lives in Kocaeli (Turkey).

In November 1996 he was arrested and placed in pre-trial detention on charges of seeking to overthrow the Turkish constitutional order. In October 2002 he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Relying on Article 5 § 3 (right to liberty and security), the applicant complained about the length of his pre-trial detention.

The Court considered that the length of Mr Tarak’s pre-trial detention – five years and ten months – was excessive, and held unanimously that there had been a violation of Article 5 § 3. (The judgment is available only in French.)