Osman Kavala has been in prison for almost five years despite the court demanding his release three years ago. The issue has formed a wedge between Turkey and the rest of the Council of Europe.
Germany has harshly condemned a Turkish court’s decision to hand prominent philanthropist Osman Kavala a life sentence. Turkey has accused Berlin of interfering in its domestic affairs.
Turkish activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala has been sentenced to life behind bars. Though harsh, this verdict is unsurprising. Turkey’s judiciary, after all, does the government’s bidding, says DW’s Erkan Arikan.
Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala has been found guilty of attempting to overthrow government by an Istanbul court. The rights activist was sentenced to life without possibility of parole.
An Istanbul court has been hearing the final statements in a long-running case against Turkish entrepreneur Osman Kavala.