U.S. calls on Turkey to immediately release jailed philanthropist Osman Kavala

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IslamNews – Osman Kavala has been imprisoned for more than three years. He will soon face trial on charges of attempting to overthrow the government and espionage.

Turkey hit back at the United States on Thursday, after Washington called for Ankara to release jailed philanthropist Osman Kavala.

Kavala has been imprisoned for more than three years without conviction. He was released from jail a year ago after being acquitted on charges related to 2013 anti-government protests, but was immediately rearrested and charged with attempting to overthrow the government and espionage.

The acquittal was eventually overturned, and a Turkish court ruled last week to combine the two charges for a hearing to start in May.

“The specious charges against Kavala, his ongoing detention, and the continuing delays in the conclusion of his trial, including through the merger of cases against him, undermine respect for the rule of law and democracy,” the US State Department said in a statement on Wednesday.

Source: DW

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