HAGUE ORDERS TURKEY TO RELEASE JUDGE ON RWANDA GENOCIDE CASE.

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Judge Aydin Sedaf Akay, who was detained on September 21,2016 by Turkey government after the failed coup.

BY NT CORRESPONDENT.

A Hague Court has ordered Turkey to release a judge detained on allegations that he was a sympathizer of the people who plotted the abortive July 2016 coup.

The judge is supposed to be adjudicating a case involving a Rwandan Genocide suspect.

According to a report on Reuters News Agency, the Hague-based court said that Judge Aydin Sefa Akay enjoys diplomatic immunity and his imprisonment violated judicial independence.

Rights groups say that the Turkish Government has arrested tens of thousands of people, including judges, academics and clerics, whom it accuses of sympathizing with the coup plotters.

Judge Akay was among a panel of judges expected to hear an appeal by former Rwandan government minister Augustin Ngirabatware against his 30-year sentence for inciting genocide.

Some 800,000 people, mostly ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus, died during the genocide in 1994.

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