The European Union has reacted after last week Kosovo arrested and deported six Turkish men wanted by Turkish authorities of their alleged links with Fetullah Gulen’s movement. In an answer to Gazeta Express, the EU called the arrest of the Turkish men as arbitrary and in violation with the EU principles.
“The arrest and subsequent deportation of six Turkish nationals legally residing in Kosovo raise questions about the respect of the due process of law,” said Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for the European Commission.
“The rule of law is a fundamental principal of the European Union. In line with its determination to build a free and democratic future, and as also set out in the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the European Union, all actions of the local Kosovo institutions are bound by the full respect for the rule of law and promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Arbitrary procedures concerning arrest, detention or exile go against these principles,” Kocijancic said in a written statement to Gazeta Express.
“As for Turkey, while we understand the need to bring the culprits of the coup attempt of 15 July to justice, any alleged wrongdoing or crime should be subject to due process and well established international norms when seeking extradition. The right of every individual to fair trial needs to be fully respected. As a European Union candidate country and a member of the Council of Europe, Turkey has subscribed to these principles,” Kocijancic said. /Express/