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F. Greek Ambassador to Libya on 2012, Murdered on 2016 in murky Brazil case, incl. Political Issues?

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Friday, December 30, 2016
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* The former Ambassador of Greece to Libya during the notorious "Benghazi scandal" of 2012 of the non-elucidated yet Deadly Attack by Islamic Extremists against US Ambassador Stevens and 3 other US Agents, which shook the latest US Presidential Elections, Kyriakos Amiridis, was found Brutaly Targetted and Murdered in Brazil, as the Out-going Obama Administration is preparing to leave on January 2017  the White House after 8 Years which oversaw the Emergence of ISIS' Terrorists in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, who have started to Attack even Europe, Africa, wider Asia, and the USA itself.


Greece is the Only European Country which is Geographicaly Located at a very Close Distance from Libya, and particularly the Nearest to the Eastern Libyan SeaCoast of Benghazi.


Even if the Athens' Goverment of 2011, (Headed by USA-Born Giorgos Papandreou then, a long-time President of the International Socialist movement), did Not participate in the Alliance of Countries which took Action over the Libyan Conflict which topped Colonel Khadafi, (mainly USA, France, the UK, Belgium, etc), nevertheless Greece played a discrete but important role, f.ex. Starting by intermediating between Libya and Western Countries, as well as, Later-on with some Islamist Groups there, into solving various "Humanitarian" affairs during that Conflict, including by providing Help incuding Ship transferts, (See Infra), etc.


When the 2012 Banghazi Scandal broke out, about the Killing of his Collegue, US Ambassador Stevens, by an Al-Queda-like Group of Islamic Extremists, just after meeting with a Turkish Senior Diplomat there, Many Speculations were made in the Medias, about eventual links to illegal Weapons-Smuggling to various Armed Gangs inside Syria, mainly via Ship-Transports accross the Mediterranean Sea, (therefore, probably also some Greek Maritime areas), and through Turkey, etc. A specific Question on this Issue had been raised by Senator Rand Paul to former USA State Secretary, and 2016 US Presidential Candidate of the Democratic Party, (Socialists), Hillary Clinton, mentioning precisely "Turkey", that she had surprisingly Skiped, claiming that she had "No Information" about that, (as also did, later-on, those State Department Officials to whom she had referred Paul for a more concrete Reply, which Never came).


Significantly, the Greek Ambassador had arrived to Libya Shortly After the Killings of US Ambassador Stevens and other 3 USA Agents by Islamist Terrorists in Benghazi, among persistent Rumours about illegal Weapons' Smuggling by Ship Transports towards various Armed Gangs in Syria, including MANPADS against Aircraft. This last, Crucial point, was reportedly Confirmed, just 1 Month Later, even by the Head of Russian President Vladimir Putin's Office, Sergei Ivanov, openly Expressing in Vienna (Austria), Moscow's "Concerns about the Risk for the Syrian Dissidents to dispose even Mobile Anti-AirCraft Systems, which came from Libya".


- "It's not yet Known in whose Hands may fall such Weapons, and which Civilian Airplane they might Down", Ivanov had Warned then.


Earlier, Amiridis, exceptionaly served also as former Head of Cabinet in the Ministry responsible for Public Order in Greece, Back on 2011, when it was oversaw f.ex. Harsh Oppression of Massive Popular Demonstrations against the Socialist-run Government of American-born former Prime Minister Giorgos Papandreou, (whose Mother was also a USA Citizen), because of his Failure to fullfil his Pre-Electoral Promisses of the 2009 Election, (when he had Contested the Fact that the Country needed urgently a strong Austerity Policy, falsely Claiming that it had "a Lot of Money"), shortly Afterwards throwing it in one of the Harder Austerity policies of History, when it was Revealed that it had a Huge Debt, provoked and accumulated during the Last 30 Years (1980-2010), mainly Governed by his own Socialist Party "PASOK").


Amiridis had also More various closer Relations to the USA, and particularly the out-going Obama Administration, while, f.ex., one of his Family members was Recently Appointed as Chancellor of UIC at the University of Chicago, the current US President's initial Base : Indeed, on 2015, Dr. Michael Amiridis, previously at South Carolina University, but also of Greek origin,  actively contributed into bringing there a brand new "Obama Library", strongly supported by the City's Mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, former Top Official at the White House.


The Murdered Greek Ambassador (as also the US Ambassador Stevens) had also developed relations with various Islamic circles, active in Socio-Political affairs too, already since his mission to Libya, where he Helped to Saveguard in a Ship Tripoli's Top Politicians etc., and to Evacuate all Greek expats living and working there on 2014, as well as, subsequently, on 2015 in Athens, where he had Helped organize an International Conference on Inter-Religious and Inter-Cultural Dialogue, etc.


Appointed afterwards as Ambassador to Brazil, just on May 2016, Kyriakos Amiridis curiously Seeked an Unusualy Long Christmas/New Year's leave, Extending from December 21, 2016, up to January 9, 2017, (i.e. about 20 Days), choosing as Residence a shady District of Rio ("Nova Iguacu"), which is reportedly  Notorious for its Exceptionaly High Crime rate, and for being Full of various Dangerous Armed Gangs, abusing of not only Drug-Traffick, but also of Kidnapings and Blackmails, paid Murders, etc, to which are often Mixed some Corrupted Policemen, usualy Linked with various Politicians to which the procure Voters, (as, f.ex., British Newspaper "Express.co.uk" and International, British-Canadian, Press Agency "Reuters" observed, on this occasion).


The Greek Ambassador was reportedly found, a few Days later, on this December 2016, brutaly Killed inside a Calcinated Rent Car there, at a very Rare Violent Deadly Incident in the International Diplomatic chronicles, as also Russia's 1st ever Ambassador, Permanent Repersentative to the CoE, in Strasbourg, Evgeni Prochorov, back on May 1998, brutaly killed inside his Burned Car, also in his way to his Family Home.


That Tragic Incident had occured in the Middle of Exceptionaly Big Tensions about a Plan to Ship and Istall Russian Air-Defense Missiles "S-300" in Cyprus on 1998, which had Upseted US and particularly Turkish officials, as far as it concerns Ankara's Air-Fighters illegaly Violating Nicosia's Aispace, f.ex. over the Occupied Territories of Cypurs, at the Northern part of the Island, controlled by the Turkish Invasion-Occupaton Army since 1974, despite several UN SC Resolutions vainly Asking its Withdrawal. "Eurofora"s co-Founder had Met and Spoken with the Victim, just a Few Hours before it occured, earlier that Day inside the CoE, Together with the then CoE's Secretary General,  Daniel Tarschys, a Liberal from Sweden, (as well as, the Next Day, with the Chief of the French Fire-Fighters who were the 1st to Find the Victim). As another Witness told us, After that Brutal Death, the No 1 Turkish Official inside the CoE, then in charge of the Protocol, discreetely Claimed to a Bulgarian Freelance, Part time Journalist, that this Exceptional Violent Incident (which occured in a Calm Countryside Road, that we used with our Family in order to Train in Bicycle our 10 Years Old Child) would have been provoked simply by the Victim's alleged tendency to "Drink too much" that Evening (sic !), as she subsequently Published in the Only Local Newspaper of Strasbourg, "DNA". I.e. practicaly attempting to Downplaying the incident in a kind of Mere, Banal "Accident".   

                                                                                                                            Brazilian Authorities found Now that Armiridis was, in Fact, Murdered by a Corrupted Brazilian Policeman, (Comp. Supra), Before putting his Body inside that Car and setting it on Fire.


But Local Police also Claimed that a Cause for that Murder would have been just a Morbide Conspiracy with the Victim's Wife, a Brazilian herself, aged almost 20 Years Younger, with whom Armiridis got engaged since his 1st Arrival in Brazil, back on 2000, initialy as Consul General at Rio.


Indeed, the Greek Ambassador had, Previously, been appointed in Brazil, as Early as since 2000, as Consul, by the then Socialist Government of former Prime Minister Costas Simitis, (when his USA-born Successor, Giorgos Papandreou, from an US Citizen Mother, was Minister on Foreign affairs), before being transfered to the Netherlands on 2003. By a strange "Coincidence", almost at the Same Time, there were also Other "PASOK"-related Greek Politicians who left Europe in order to Live in Brazil, such as, f.ex., the former Long-Time Socialist MEP, Georges Catiforis, who worked previously during Many Years at EU Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg, (etc), also as former Head of the Greek National Delegation of MEPs, (whith whom "Eurofora"'s CoFounder had cooperated in the Past, in Parallel with another, ChristianDemocrat/EPP Top MEP"). Similar Moves were made and by a Politicaly related to PASOK University Professor living in Strasbourg, a French Lady married to a Greek University Professor, John Anastopoulos, who had told us his intention to try to become MEP in the 1999 EU Election, before he Unexpectedly Died, while his Wife became Afterwards President of a France-Brezil Association, visiting often that Big Latino-American Country, (etc).  


Earlier, Armiridis had worked in Brussels, since 1993, at the Greek Permanent Representation to the EU, from which he had returned back to Athens, in the European Affairs' Direction of the Foreign Ministry, from 1997, i.e., once again, just after former Prime Minister Simitis had won the 9/1996 Election.


Simitis, (whose Brother served as Professor of Economy in Germany, etc), has Notoriously pushed Greece to enter €urozone Earlier than Normal, i.e. already Before it completes the Necessary Reforms, (something which should happen a few Years Later-on), so that he could snatch the Following, April 2000 Election, and stay Prime Minister for 4 more Years (until 2004). For that purpose, he had to Hide the Fast Growing Debt accumulated in Greece since the 1980ies, when the first Socialisst Governments of PASOK had notoriously Hired Too Many Cushy Job holders, Political Lackeys and Cronies, in a lot of mainly Counter-Productive Civil Servants' posts, Starting to Waste an Excessive amount of Money which went Crescendo, since then, but went practicaly Unseen in EU's Luxembourg-based "EUROSTAT" Official Economic and Financial Statistics, (until it Suddenly Emerged, much Later, on 2009, provoking a Crisis).


In order to Obtain that, Simitis' Government had, in exchange, to Accept (for the 1st Time in History), Turkey's Controversial and Unpopular EU bid, i.e. to Give Ankara a Status of "Candidate" to EU Accession, since the December 1999 EU Summit in Helsinki (Finland : then Chaired by a Socialist Government with Foreign Minister Mrs Halonen : Comp. several Statements she gave on various issues to "Eurofora"s co-Founder, also as Finnish President, many Years  Later-on), Despite a lot of Serious Mass Violations of Human Rights, that ECHR had just Started, then, to openly Denounce, repeatedly Condemning Ankara's Government, added to the Bloody "Kurdish" Issue, official Threats of War against Greece in the Aegean Sea, Negation of the Armenian Genocide, Continuation of the illegal Military Occupation of the Northern Territories of Cyprus by the Turkish Army, (etc).


All that notoriously provoked in Europe a Double, Socio-Political and Economic-Financial Crisis, Blocking EU's Constitutional Reform, (after 3 "No" to a Draft EU Constitution, at Euro-Referenda in France, the Netherlands and Ireland, between 2005-2007, Bypassed only by Sarkozy's "No" to Turkey's EU bid, which allowed to Pass a Simplified Version of that Former Constitutional Reform Plan, with "Lisbon Treaty", which Entered into Force from 2010, i.e. 5 Years Later than initialy expected), and Fuelling the €uroZone's Debt "Krach" threats, (mainly via Greece's particularly Underlined Financial situation, after many "PASOK" Governents between 1981 - 2000, Started to be Tackled by the EU after Sarkozy-Merkel's 2010-2011 initial Measures, i.e. "Aid/Reform Programs" for each affected Country, and "€uroArea"'s Treaty, etc., but have Still to be Completed until Nowadays, Hopefuly after the forthcoming 2017 Elections in France and Germany, etc).


Former Long-Time USA President Bill Clinton's 1991 - 2000 Administration, notoriously was behind Both those 2 Problems, since it persistently Pushed Turkey's controversial and UnPopular EU bid, as well as Simitis' PASOK Goevrnments Precocious Entry of Greece inside €uroZone, even Before it completes the Necessary Reforms, (while it was also USA's "Goldman Sachs" Global Financial and Rating Company, which had Helped PASOK's Government of Simitis to Hide its Growing Debt, due mainly to an Excessive Clientelism of the Past, which hasn't yet been really Tackled). And it's also during the Clinton's US Administration that Started, initialy, a USA and Turkey - Backed "Islamization" Move, closely related to a Parallel Islamist Extremism and even Deadly Terrorism, already since the Beginning of the Decade of the 1990ies, (f.ex. in Maghreb Countries as Algeria, etc, in Afghanistan, Russia's Chechnya, etc), before it "Explodes", particularly with ISIS' atrocious Murderers and BeHeaders, Targetting even Innocent Civilian People, during Obama's 2009-2016 Administration, seconded by Hillary Clinton's controversial Foreign Policies mainly in Syria/Iraq and elsewhere in the World, until the Recent, 2015-2016 Mass Deadly Islamic Terrorist Attacks even inside Europe, the USA, etc.


It's in such a Context, and in Relation to such Developments, including, particularly, the 2012 Benghazi Attack, (when Amiridis was apointed Ambassador in Libya), that the Hillary Clinton's Hidden/Destroyed "E-mail"'s Scandal, which rocked US Politics from 2015 up to the 2016 Presidential Election, included also an eventual Attempt to unduly "Banalize" the Murder of a DNC Staffer, Director on Voter Expansion, Seth Conrad Rich, who was Killed by several GunShots last July 2016, around Washington DC, while "Wikileaks" Head, Julian Assange, shortly afterwards, did Not Deny, but, on the Contrary, Strongly Implied, in a Press Interview, that the Victim might have been a "Whistle-Blower" helping to Leak the Democratic Party HQ's and other E-Mails which had Started to Reveal a Series of Scandals, related to Hillary Clinton's Failed bid for the 2016 US Presidential Election, etc.


Even if Obama Administration's Police claimed that the most probable Reason for that Murder would have been just "Robbery", nevertheless, Conrad Rich had Not been Robbed of Anything. And, Later-on, "Wikileaks" reportedly Offered even a Reward of several Tens of Thousands of Dollars for Information able to lead to the arrest of the Killers. Facts which obviously Support the Impression of several Observers that there might have been an Attempt by some to Cover-up a Political Motivation behind Claims Exclusively pointing at Ordinary Criminality only.


And Nowadays Claim, by Local Authorities of Rio in Brazil, that Ambassador Amiridis would have been Murdered because of a Banal Issue related to his Brazilian Wife's unfaithfullness, by her "Lover" : a Corrupted Policeman, obviously does Not Excude at all the Possibility for the Murderer to have, eventualy, Acted as Many Other such Corrupted Policemen notoriously Use to do Often in that thorny District : I.e. to have, perhaps, Murdered the Greek Ambassador after being Paid for that, directly or Indirectly, f.ex. by a Politician (Comp. Supra), so that he naturaly Exploited, for that purpose, any Security Failure, including the amove-mentioned behavior of the Victim's Brazilian Wife, among others : Obviously, one among those 2 Scenarios, (Both Frequent in that Suburb) does Not Exclude the Other...


Meanwhile, just a Few Days Earlier from Now, this December 2016, (by a Coincidence, almost when Ambassador Amiridis was Declared "Missing"), a Federal US Court notoriously Concluded, after a Long Procedure, that a Complaint, lodged by American NGOs, including "Judicial Watch", had been Erroneously Rejected previously by a Lower Court, while it Denounced the Fact that the current USA's State Secretary, Kerry, hadn't asked from the Attorney General to seek from Hillary Clinton much More among her Emais during her Mission as former Head of the State Department, (i.e. including during the 2012 Islamist Terrorist Deadly Attacks agains US Ambassador Stevens and others on September 11, 2012, but had only left it up to Herself and to the FBI. So that, at the Beginning of Next Year, 2017, the incoming, New US Federal Administration, under President-Elect Don Trump, would have to Decide whether, how and up too which point, it should, eventually, Launch a brand New Invesigation,  Starting by Officialy Asking for much More emails froom Hillary Clinton.


=> Situated now, among such Manifold but Converging "Hot" Issues, any Serious Investigation on Ambassador Amiridis' brutal Murder, already an Exceptional Incident in itself), should Not Abstain from adequately Examining Any Legitimate Hypothesis or Questions still remaining without crystal-clear and Convincing Answers.

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People in Europe and the World expect from CoE to make a succes of its "Monitoring" for Human Rights and Democracy, despite difficulties, said Finland's President Tarja Halonen to "EuroFora" at a crucial moment for the mecanism built 15 years ago by the paneuropean organization which celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2009.

Halonen, known as "Mother" of CoE's "Monitoring" mecanism, a long-time MEP and former Foreign Minister before becoming Finland's President, holds a long experience in the mattter, after also serving twice as CoE and EU Chairwoman in the past. That's why she is well placed to judge how CoE's "monitoring" should deal today with some crucial issues of importance both to CoE and to the EU.

The move came just a Month before a crucial, last visit to Turkey, scheduled for June, by the President of CoE''s "Monitoring" Committee, Ukranian MEP Serge Holovaty, to finalize his Report on Ankara, the CoE Member State with the longest Monitoring procedure. From its results depends its overall credibility.

This is a Test-case, because, in fact, it's in order to avoid Sanctions threatened against Turkey by a CoE's Assembly's April 1995 Resolution for grave Human Rights violations, Democracy gaps, the continuing Military Occupation in Cyprus, the unresolved Kurdish problem, Aegean differend with Greece, etc., that MEPs decided to create, for the 1st time on April 1996, a "Monitoring" proces, allegedly destinated to check, without excluding Countries who did not fulfill all CoE's standards.

In the Past, the obliged withdrawal of Greece's Military regime and of its "Civil" cover-up out of the CoE had helped bring back Democracy in 1974. But, on the contrary, since April 1996, the idea was to "monitor" Human Rights' respect while keeping most concerned Countries inside the CoE. After Turkey's oldest example, this was extended also to several former "Eastern" European Countries, even if CoE's Assembly has imposed to some of them (fex. Ukraine, Russia, etc., after Belarus, Serbia, etc) various "Sanctions", that Ankara always avoided. Curiously more succesful even than .. USA itself, (a CoE "Observer" since 1995), which has been at least threatened with sanctions some years ago..

EU-effects of CoE's Monitoring process became obvious between 2001-2008, since the "closure" of this procedure, when CoE felt that a Country had met most of its Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law obligations, (i.e. the "Copenhagen Criteria" for the EU), helped trigger Negotiations with the EU for "Accession" or other closer relations : This occured already before the 2004 and 2007 EU Enlargements to former "Eastern" European Countries, as well as for the commencement of "accession" negotiations with Croatia, and of "open-ended" negotiations with Turkey in 2005.

    But a stricking new development are Holovaty's recent findings that on core Human Rights issues as Torture and Freedom of Expression, Turkey, even "5 Years after" CoE closed its "Monitoring", back in 2004, inciting EU to start accession Negotiations in 2005, still presents grave problems.

    His findings are of crucial importance after a 2008 CoE Resolution called, "if need be", to "seriously consider the possibility of Re-Opening the Monitoring procedure for Turkey" : A move which might affect Ankara's controversial EU bid, since EU Accession Negotiations are based on the Hypothesis that the Candidate fullfils the "Copenhagen Criteria" (See above)..
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    Holovaty expressed his will to check  "Matters still Outstanding" and  those that he "didn't have an opportunity to discuss" at an earlier visit this year, "in order to discuss the more complex issues in greater depth", at his forthcoming New Visit to Ankara, before the December 2009 EU Summit.  This is all based on the 2004 CoE Resolution which stresses that, CoE "will continue.. post-monitoring Dialogue with the Turkish authorities,...in addition to a 12-points list,..and on any Other Matter that might arise in connection with Turkey’s Obligations as a CoE member state".

    CoE's Resolution also asks  from Turkey "to secure the proper Implementation of Judgements, particularly in the Cyprus v. Turkey InterState case", of 2001, which concerns also the plight of many Hundreds of MISSING People. It adds Turkey's obligations to "execute" ECHR's Judgements in the Loizidou case,..and in particular adopt General Measures to avoid repetition or continuation of Violations found by the Court" to the detriment of Refugees.

    Nevertheless, Holovaty said to "EuroFora" that "MISSING" persons,"might be included" and cannot be excluded, but he has yet to examine the situation "to find out  which issues will be raised" to the Turkish Government.

    Therefore, "EuroFora" asked Halonen, as the Historic "Mother" of CoE's Monitoring mecanism, if she thought that, "whenever there are grave Human Rights Violations, as fex. "MISSING" persons, attested even by ECHR's judgements, they should be always checked by a Monitoring process. Or could they be forgotten ?"
    
     - "We (CoE) must be, at the same time, Fair, Realistic, but not in the mind that "now we have Forgotten", etc., replied to "EuroFora"'s question Halonen, speaking as a matter of general principle.

    - "When we think of those People that are suffering from the lack of Democracy, of Human Rights, and of the Rule of Law", "we should find a base on how to deal with the (Monitoring) system more rapidly"', she stressed.

    - "Sometimes it's very difficult to combine Transparency and Effectivenes together, particularly in this specific case", she went on to say. But, "I have not found a (CoE Member) Country who could be insensitive in this sens", Halonen answered concerning grave Human Rights violations attested by the ECHR.

    - "I have no ready-made answer. I have the expectations that you, in the CoE, will, step by step, find the different types of the monitoring systems."

    Also "because this is a part of the UN's Post-Conflict system, (fex. when it comes to Cyprus' MISSING persons), and it's a more Global system". So that, "If we make a succes in Europe, the others will follow", throughout the World.  "But they expect that we (Europe) are this opportunity, this Opportunity to make a Succes", Halonen concluded.

    In addition, she advised to extend CoE's Monitoring to all its 47 Member States, "because, as long as we hear that, all these monitoring systems are "OK for the neighbor, but not for me", "it's very difficult" to understand. Something which could make easier to Compare...

    Finnish MEP Jaako Laakso, former CoE Rapporteur on the Occupied Territories of Cyprus and one of the 5 Signatories of the Historic CoE's call to create the "MONITORING" mecanism since 1996, was more specific :  - "We (CoE Assembly) have to find a way for the issue of Cyprus' MISSING People to be better followed", he stressed, anouncing his intention to "speak to Mr. Holovaty" about that. "There might be also other ways", added Laakso.

    - The 2008 "Year had been a very Bad one for Turkey with regard to Human Rights in general, and Freedom of Expression in particular", denounced, meanwhile, Holovaty's preliminary Post-Monitoringh Draft Report by Holovaty, published by the CoE on April 2009.

    "Amnesty International believes that freedom of expression is not guaranteed given the various articles of the Criminal Code that restrict it. .. "For example, 1,300 Websites are said to have been closed down by the (Turkish) authorities in 2008" ! While "the new Turkish Criminal Code was used to bring a total of 1,072 proceedings between June 2005 and April 2008, and led to the conviction of 192 people", for expressing views. "Representatives of the Özgür Gündem newspaper, which specialises in Kurdish affairs, ..complained about Numerous Attacks on their Freedom of Expression ...as was everyone who advocated a settlement to the question by means other than the intervention of the army" "According to their figures, 19 Newspapers had been suspended 43 times between 4 August 2006 and 4 November 2008" !...

    Moreover, on 2008,  CoE's "Ministers adopted its 4rth Resolution on the execution of the judgments of the ECHR, ...and outstanding issues regarding 175 Judgements and decisions relating to Turkey delivered between 1996 and 2008...  concerning Deaths resulting from the excessive use of force by members of the Security forces, the failure to protect the right to life, the DIisappearance and/or death of individuals, Ill-Treatment and the Destruction of property". CoE's " Ministers urged the Turkish authorities ...to ensure that members of Security forces of all ranks can be prosecuted without administrative
authorisation" for "serious crimes". Holovaty reminded.

"Nonetheless", Holovaty heard anew of "Several cases of Violence committed last year (2008) by the (Turkish) security forces". Amnesty International speaks of Many Cases of ill-treatment and Torture in the prisons and by the police". "Including, fex."'the death of Engin Ceber, a young man of 29 who died on October 2008 as a result of the TORTURE allegedly inflicted on him by police officers, prison staff and members of the gendarmerie. He was part of a group of people arrested on September 2008 during a demonstration and Press Conference in Istanbul'. Proceedings against suspects are "on-going" in this case.

- " I therefore noted an Obvious Contradiction between the Government’s stated “zero tolerance” policy.... of Torture and other forms of ill-treatment, and the different testimonies given", denounced CoE's Rapporteur.  Turkish "authorities must make considerable efforts to guarantee that proper investigations are carried out into allegations of abuses by members of the security forces and that perpetrators are effectively punished" "In this respect, I have requested detailed Statistics on the number of Investigations, acquittals and convictions in cases involving allegations of abuse in order to show the positive impact of the measures taken to date", Holovaty said, repeating a permanently unsatisfied CoE's demand to Turkey since a Decade...

    - "The Political Crisis that shook the country in the spring of 2008 highlighted the Weaknesses of the (Turkish) Constitution", which comes from the Military regime of 1982, "and the Urgent Need of Reforms", stressed from the outset CoE's Rapporteur in 2009. In particular, "the ...Democratic functioning of state institutions, including the independence of the judicial system, are crucial", he observes.

    But, "the Electoral  system and the ways in which it is circumvented do not appear to give those elected complete Legitimacy, and tend to pervert the course of direct universal suffrage", denounces Holovaty, observing that, even 5 Years later, Turkey did not yet change the 10% nationwide Threshold for a party to take any seat, which is "far higher" than the "3%" maximum in Europe and already condemned as contrary to European Standards by the CoE.

    + Moreover, EU Parliament's 2009 Report on Turkey, drafted by Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijten and adopted in Strasbourg on March, expresses "Concern over the Failure of the (Turkish) Judiciary to prosecute cases of Torture and Ill-treatment, the Number of which is Growing". EU also "is concerned about continuing Hostility and Violence against Minorities" in Turkey. It also "calls on the Turkish Government to launch, as a matter of Priority, a Political Initiatve favouring a lasting Settlement of the Kurdish issue, (while "condemning violence.. and terrorist groups"). EU "regrets that No progress has been made on establishing full, systematic Civilian suprevisory functions over the (Turkish) Military".

    The final results of Holovaty's 2nd and last visit to Turkley will be known later this year, and, at any case, before EU's December 2009 Summit.

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