Joint press release for the case of Kenan Ayaz
Advocate Efstathios C. Efstathiou has joined the defense team of Kenan Ayaz in Germany. As a lawyer from an EU member state, Advocate Efstathios C. Efstathiou can also work in Germany as a so-called serving European lawyer, as long as he works together with Kenan Ayaz’s German defense lawyer. Efstathios C. Efstathiou will help the defense team with the experience he has gained from defending Kenan Ayaz in his extradition case and with his particular perspective as a lawyer from Cyprus. In September, he will visit Kenan Ayaz in prison in Hamburg to get more first-hand information about his conditions of detention and to discuss the defense.
Efstathios C. Efstathiou has decided to work on the defense as all the arguments against Kenan Ayaz’s extradition have unfortunately been proven correct: The harsh prison conditions and the fact that what Kenan Ayaz is accused of in the arrest warrant are only peaceful acts and the exercise of his political rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. “It is necessary to add a European and a specific Cypriot perspective to this kind of accusation and also to the treatment of Kurdish politicians and activists in Germany,” said Efstathios C. Efstathiou.
Berlin, Nicosia, July 13th
Antonia von der Behrens and Advocate Efstathios C. Efstathiou defense attorneys for Kenan Ayaz
Rechtsanwältin Antonia von der Behrens
Kottbusser Damm 94 | 10967 Berlin