Germans to ask Ankara to speed up teen's sex trial

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22 November 2007, Berlin - Berlin is to ask Turkey to speed up the trial of a German teenager who has been in pretrial custody for seven months for the alleged rape of a British girl, 13.

22 November 2007

Berlin - Berlin is to ask Turkey to speed up the trial of a German teenager who has been in pretrial custody for seven months for the alleged rape of a British girl, 13.

Marco Weiss, 17, who has made monthly appearances in court, was remanded into custody in Antalya yet again this week while the court waited for a translation of the girl's evidence.

"We will do what is in our power to do," said a spokeswoman for the justice ministry in Berlin, while declining to make any comment on the court's ruling.

Berlin backed off earlier this year from criticism of the court after Turkey warned that putting pressure on impartial judges was a breach of democratic principles.

Weiss' legal team intend to file a complaint over the delays to the European Court of Human Rights. The complaint would be automatically passed to Berlin and it would be asked if Germany supported it.

The spokeswoman said she could not predict a response, and a decision would only be made in a concrete instance.

The German media has been openly critical of the trial. The girl met Weiss while both were on holiday with their parents in Turkey.

DPA

Subject: German news

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