Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala jailed for life

turkish philanthropist osman kavala jailed for life
turkish philanthropist osman kavala jailed for life

Osman Kavala, a Turkish philanthropist, was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Monday after being convicted of attempting to topple the government through protest finance, in a case that Europe’s highest court and Western nations allege is politically motivated.

Kavala, 64, had been imprisoned for four and a half years without a conviction and had pleaded not guilty to the allegations brought against him in connection with the Gezi protests, which began as modest rallies in an Istanbul park in 2013 and grew into widespread anti-government rioting.

Additionally, the court sentenced seven individuals to 18 years in prison and ordered their detention for assisting in an effort to overthrow the government. According to the court, it acquitted Kavala of espionage allegations owing to a lack of evidence.

Over 200 individuals filled the courthouse, including opposition members, Western diplomats, and human rights activists.

As the decision was read out, supporters of the defendants screamed at the judges. Many of them sobbed as the seven accused were arrested, including 71-year-old architect Mucella Yapici.

“This is only the beginning; the battle continues,” yelled the audience.

In his final remarks before the verdict, Kavala stated that the prosecutor’s plea for a life sentence was based on “false evidence” and amounted to “judicial assassination.”

Kavala had a significant role in the development of Turkish civil society prior to his arrest in 2017, from founding a publishing firm aimed at fostering social change following Turkey’s 1980 coup to promoting culture through his Anadolu Kultur organisation.

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