29 Apr 2022 8:30 p.m
Osman Kavala, also known as “Turkish George Soros”, was sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Istanbul on Monday on charges of attempting to overthrow the government. The Foreign Office has now summoned the Turkish ambassador.
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In reaction to the conviction of the so-called “philanthropist” Osman Kavala, the Federal Foreign Office summoned the Turkish ambassador to Berlin on Friday. The “shocking verdict against Osman Kavala and the severe penalties against his co-defendants” are “another heavy burden on the EU’s relations with Turkey as well as on our bilateral relations,” said a spokesman for the Federal Foreign Office. The German government made its position “again very clear” to the Turkish ambassador during the morning talks.
Kavala was sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Istanbul on Monday on charges of attempting to overthrow the government. The judgment was sharply criticized by Western countries. Kavala has been imprisoned in the high security prison Silivri near Istanbul for more than four years.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently once again referred to Kavala as “Turkish Soros”. In the past, Erdoğan had accused Kavala of using US investor and philanthropist George Soros to Gezi protests to have financed.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ordered Kavala’s release in December 2019. However, the Turkish government ignored the decision. In December, the Council of Europe, of which Turkey is a member, initiated criminal proceedings against Ankara.