Turkey’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the audio or video recording of non-contact prison visits is a violation of rights. The decision was handed down after an application was filed by a prisoner behind bars on charges of membership in a terrorist organization. The matter eventually reached the high courts.
After Department of Correction officials acknowledged to the prisoner that visits were being recorded, he filed a petition requesting the abolition of this practice.
The Constitutional Court determined that the privacy of families needed to be protected during visits with inmates, which are separated by glass windows and conducted over telephones.
The prisoner in question has also requested that a confiscated radio belonging to him be returned, and has demanded 6,000 TL in damages. The court had determined that the seizure of the radio was not a rights violation.