Turkish Top Court Rules Osman Kavala’s Rights to Liberty Were Not Violated

Turkey’s top court on Tuesday ruled that high-profile human rights defender Osman Kavala’s detention for over three years without conviction had not violated his rights to liberty and security.

Turkey’s top court on Tuesday ruled that high-profile human rights defender Osman Kavala’s detention for over three years without conviction had not violated his rights to liberty and security.

Kavala is a 63-year-old businessman and prominent philanthropist who is known for supporting many civil society movements in the past decades.

Shortly after being acquitted in February on charges related to the 2013 anti-government protests, authorities arrested him again on fresh charges related to a failed coup in 2016.

The Turkish philanthropist had applied to the Constitutional Court earlier this year. He claimed that his detention was unlawful and an obvious violation of his rights to liberty and security.

However, the General Assembly of the Constitutional Court ruled rejected Kavala’s application by eight votes against seven, saying that it was not tantamount to a rights violation.

The lawyers handling Kavala’s case, as well as the Constitutional Court, have not immediately responded to a request for comment.


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