Today, Saturday, the European Union urged the Turkish justice system to implement the decision of the European Court of Human Rights calling for the immediate release of activist Osman Kavala.
The EU spokesperson said in a statement that Turkey urgently needs to make tangible and lasting progress in respecting fundamental rights, which are the cornerstone of its relations with the EU.
On Friday, an Istanbul court extended the prison sentence of Turkish businessman and civilian activist Osman Kavala, who has been jailed without a verdict for four years, despite European threats to impose sanctions on Ankara.
The regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses the 64-year-old dissident and leading civil society figure of seeking to destabilize Turkey.
Kavala was particularly targeted because in 2013 he supported the anti-government protests known as the Gezi movement that targeted Erdogan while he was prime minister.
He was then accused of attempting to “overthrow the government” in the failed coup attempt in 2016. Kavala has always denied the charges and will appear again on November 26 in court, which ruled that he lacked “new elements” to order his release. , demanded by its lawyers and human rights organizations.
Amnesty International condemned Kavala’s “cruel punishment” and the “torture of him and his family” as a “day of shame” for Turkey.
Put Kavala in reserve
After being acquitted for the first time in February 2020 of Gezi-related charges, Kavala was remanded in custody for “supporting” the attempted coup against Erdogan. At the time, he denounced a strategy aimed at prolonging his detention.
In the courtroom, which was filled with a large presence including many American and European diplomats, Osman Kavala appeared today on a live screen from Silivri Prison, west of Istanbul, where he has been detained since October 2017.
Among the audience was his wife, Aisha Bougherra, professor of political economy at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. “I don’t feel like I’m out of a trial,” she told reporters as she left the court.