World Bulletin / News Desk
Speaking at a news conference in the parliament in capital Ankara Monday, Leyla Sahin Usta slammed the council for giving the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize to Murat Aslan.
Earlier on Monday, PACE announced the prize "has been awarded to Turkish supporter of the independence of judiciary Murat Arslan".
Aslan, former president of Judges and Prosecutors Unity (YARSAV), was arrested on Oct. 26, 2016 on the charge of being a FETO member.
"Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize was given this year to former YARSAV president Murat Arslan who is currently arrested for FETO," Usta, lawmaker from Konya province, said.
She said it is unacceptable to give such a prize to a terror suspect and a member of a terrorist organization.
"This is clearly a backing for FETO. A big shame for European Council for which we are also founder members."
According to the PACE website, "The Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize is awarded each year by the Parliamentary Assembly, in partnership with the Vaclav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation, to reward outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights in Europe and beyond."
The prize consists of a €60,000 ($70,516) sum, a trophy and a diploma.
FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.