Published: 18 Sep 2009

Varnava and others v Turkey

Case Summary

Case Nos. 16064-66/90 & 16068- 73/90

Judgment date: 18/09/09

Applications were made in the names of nine men (eight servicemen and one civilian) who it was alleged had disappeared after being detained by the Turkish military during operations in Northern Cyprus during July and August 1974. The men had not been accounted for since their disappearance, but the applicants relied on evidence that six of the servicemen had been held in Turkish prisons and another two were identified in photographs taken of Cypriot prisoners being transported to Turkey. The body of the ninth applicant was found in a mass grave in 2007, which was exhumed by the Committee of Missing Persons (CMP). The respondent Government disputed that the missing men had been take into captivity.


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