Turkey arrests UN judge, violating his diplomatic immunity


A Turkish judge trying crimes from the Yugoslav wars and the Rwandan genocide has been arrested in Turkey, in what is believed to be the first violation of a UN judge’s diplomatic immunity.

The court’s president Theodor Meron said Judge Aydin Sedaf Akay was arrested on September 21 in connection with July’s coup attempt, and that Turkey had ignored his requests to visit him.

Meron said: “The UN Office of Legal Affairs has requested his release from detention and the cessation of all legal proceedings against him.”

Last updated Wed 9 Nov 2016