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Turkey fined by EU Court of Human Rights

13 February 2013

A man who claimed to have suffered a beating while being detained by the bodyguards of Prime Minister Erdogan, has won his case.

The European Court of Human Rights fined Turkey 12,000 euros for the offence. Necati Yilmaz allegedly insulted the prime minister in public at an inauguration ceremony in 2007. Following an altercation with the prime minister’s guards, he was detained.

The court found that the authorities used disproportionate force in the course of a normal arrest and that the criminal investigation carried out to date had led to the bodyguards presumed to be responsible for the violence being granted virtual impunity,” the ECtHR said in a written statement.

Medical records attested to his injuries.

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