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Turkish authorities have summoned ambassadors from ten countries, including the United States, Germany and France, following a statement calling for the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala, the state news agency reported on Tuesday. Anatolia. The opponent has been imprisoned without trial since October 2017.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned, Tuesday, October 19, the ambassadors of ten countries including France, Germany and the United States, in response to a call launched by these states for the release of the opponent Osman Kavala, according to the Turkish government news agency Anatolia.

In a statement released Monday evening, Canada, France, Finland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the United States called for a “just settlement. and rapid of the affair ”Osman Kavala, Turkish publisher and patron who has become a pet peeve of the regime, imprisoned for four years without trial.

“The persistent delay [pris par] his trial (…) casts a shadow on respect for democracy, the rule of law and the transparency of the Turkish judicial system ”, wrote the 10 countries. “The Republic of Turkey is a democratic rule of law. It is unacceptable that ambassadors make recommendations and suggestions to the judiciary in the context of an ongoing case, ”the Turkish Minister of the Interior, Süleyman Soylu, reacted on Twitter.

Businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala has been jailed without trial since October 2017.

“Maintain the fiction of a conspiracy”

This 64-year-old opponent, a major figure in civil society, has been accused, since 2013, by President Erdogan’s regime of seeking to destabilize Turkey. He is in particular in the crosshairs for having supported the anti-government demonstrations known as the Gezi movement which targeted Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then Prime Minister. Then he was accused of seeking to “overthrow the government” during the 2016 coup attempt.

The Council of Europe recently threatened Ankara with sanctions, which could be adopted at its next session (November 30 to December 2) if the opponent is not released by then. In December 2019, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) had already ordered his “immediate release” – to no avail. The opponent will remain in prison at least until November 26, a court in Istanbul ruled in early October, ignoring European warnings.

After four years in prison without conviction, Osman Kavala estimated, last week, in an exclusive interview with AFP, that his detention allows the power of Recep Tayyip Erdogan to justify his “conspiracy theories”: “For me, the real The reason for my prolonged detention responds to the government’s need to maintain the fiction of a conspiracy, ”he declared from his cell via his lawyer.

With AFP

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