Germany Summons Turkish Envoy Over Kavala Jailing

Germany has summoned Turkey’s ambassador over the jailing of activist Osman Kavala, German Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday.

The Istanbul 13th Assize Court sentenced Kavala on Monday to life imprisonment over charges of overthrowing the constitutional order and espionage. Kavala was accused of organizing and financing the Gezi Park protests in July 15, 2016. Seven others were sentenced to 18 years in prison over aiding and abetting.

The European Court of Human Rights ordered on Monday the immediate release of Kavala amid the Turkish court decision.

“This sentence stands in stark contrast to the rule-of-law standards and international obligations to which Turkey is committed as a member of the Council of Europe and an EU accession candidate,” said German Minister for Foreign Affairs Annalena Baerbock.

Human Rights Watch has also condemned Turkey’s judicial process over Kavala’s case. Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, describe Kavala’s conviction as “a gross violation of human rights.” He also accused Turkey’s court of working under the instruction of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Kavala was arrested in November 2017, and was detained for more than four years without conviction. 

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