A Turkish court sentenced a leading activist Osman Kavlavl, who has been in pre-trial detention for more than four years, to life in prison on charges of attempting to topple the government.
The Istanbul 13th High Criminal Court also jailed seven other defendants for 18 years each on charges of aiding the attempt to overthrow then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government during large-scale protests in 2013.
The defendants identified as Mucella Yapıcı, Cigdem Mater, Hakan Altınay, Can Atalay, Mine Ozerden, Yigit Ali Ekmekci, Tayfun Kahraman.
According to Yetkinreport, Kavala has been in prison without convocation since 2017 and has been tried with different charges with different files on The Gezi Park and July 15 Coup attempt cases.
Kavala was one of tens of thousands of Turkish nationals who were either jailed or fired from their jobs in purges that followed a bloody coup attempt against Erdogan.
Kavala had repeatedly refused every accusation made against him, stating that the case is political in nature and aims to silence him and the opposition.
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