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Turkey: Leyla Zana

Volume 707: debated on Monday 26 January 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the European Union Enlargement Commissioner about the compatibility of the conviction and 10-year prison sentence imposed on Leyla Zana with Turkey's compliance with the Copenhagen principles. [HL116]

The Government have not yet discussed the conviction of Leyla Zana with the European Commission. We would expect the European Commission, following the appeal procedure and final judgment, to investigate the details of the case as part of its ongoing assessment of Turkey's reforms to meet the specified EU standards on the judiciary and fundamental rights and on compliance with the Copenhagen criteria.