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US News: Turkey: The ambassadors of ten countries summoned after their support for Osman Kavala

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Osman Kavala est emprisonné en Turquie depuis le 18 octobre 2017. Une dizaine d'ambassades occidentales ont réclamés sa libération. © Handout Anadolu Culture Center / AFP Osman Kavala has been imprisoned in Turkey since October 18, 2017. A dozen Western embassies have claimed its release.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has summoned the ambassadors of ten countries, including the United States, Germany, Canada and France, who had claimed in a common statement the release of the philanthrope Osman Kavala. The latter, regularly targeted by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has been imprisoned for four years.

with our correspondent in Istanbul, Anne Andlauer

The prolonged detention of Osman Kavala "throws a shadow on respect for democracy, the rule of law and the transparency of the Turkish judicial system". It is with this message that the embassies of ten Western states, including the United States, France and Germany, marked the four years of imprisonment of Osman Kavala . While the representatives of these countries were convened in Ankara, the Turkish Minister of Justice accused them of having "exceeded the limits". "Take care of your business," launched the Speaker of Parliament.

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Still in prison despite a judgment of the ECHR

before being arrested on October 18, 2017, Osman Kavala had long established relations with Europe and the United States as part of the activities of his NGO Anadolu Kültür. The Turkish authorities, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in mind, now present these relationships as evidence that the patron has played a role in Gezi's anti-government demonstrations in 2013 and the short couple of 2016.

His lawyers denounce "political trial. And an empty indictment of any material evidence. They recall that Osman Kavala is held in detention in the absence of conviction, despite an acquittal in 2020 and despite a judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) claiming its release.

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