On Monday, German Foreign Minister Annalina Birbock called for the “immediate release” of Turkish activist Osman Kavala, after an Istanbul court sentenced him to life imprisonment.
“We await the immediate release of Osman Kavala,” Birbock said in a note, adding that the sentence “clearly contradicts the standard of the rule of law and the international commitments that Turkey has assumed as a member of the Council of Europe and a candidate for membership of the European Union “, according to AFP.
He also pointed out that the European Court of Human Rights has asked Turkey to release Kavala.
Meanwhile, the director of Amnesty International’s European branch, Nils Muenicks, attacked in a statement what he considered a “judicial farce”.
Detained 4 and a half years ago
Interestingly, Osman Kavala (64), a prominent activist in Turkish civil society, was detained for 4.5 years.
He was also accused of trying to overthrow Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government by funding the anti-government protests known as the Gezi Movement in 2013 and during the coup attempt in July 2016.
The Kavala case caused a diplomatic crisis in autumn when Ankara threatened to expel about 10 Western ambassadors, including the US ambassador, after jointly asking for his release.
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