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President of Supreme Electoral Court repudiates the arrest of judges in Turkey

President of Supreme Electoral Court repudiates the arrest of judges in Turkey

The President of the Supreme Electoral Court, Justice Gilmar Mendes, condemned the arrest of 2,745 magistrates and prosecutors accused of supporting the attempted coup in Turkey. In a press release, he stressed the need for the Brazilian government to state its concern with such development, and will request further actions by the Venice Commission and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA).

The arrests have taken place on Sunday (17th) and have been ordered by Turkey's agency for control of magistrates and prosecutors. The judges had already been removed from their positions on Saturday (16th) for suspicion of links with clergyman Fethullah Gülen, accused by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of having sponsored the coup d’état in the country.

Read below the full press release:

Press Release

The arrest of judges highly compromises the rule of law and deserves the reproof of all. It is a serious threat and, therefore, the Brazilian Electoral Justice will request actions to be taken by the Venice Commission, European Commission for the Democracy through Law, and the International Institute for the Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA).

The Brazilian Electoral Justice fights for freedom of speech and repudiates arrests without individualization of conduct or without evidences.

As the largest democracy in Latin America, counting over 202 million inhabitants, Brazil is called for a firm statement regarding these serious facts, that threaten the rights of the Turkish citizens.