State Department Responds to Kavala Conviction

Leading critic of Turkish President Erdogan receives life sentence.

 The Department of State responded to the conviction of Osman Kavala last week, expressing how “deeply troubled and disappointed” the United States is with the decision of Turkey’s courts. Kavala is a philanthropist and philosopher who is one of the leading critics of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He was sentenced to life in prison in April, and though he appealed the decision, Turkey’s appellate court ruled that his verdict complied with Turkish law.

“As we have said before, his unjust conviction is inconsistent with respect for human rights and the rule of law,” stated State Department’s Principal Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel. “We again call on Turkey to release Osman Kavala, in keeping with European Court of Human Rights rulings, as well as to free all others arbitrarily incarcerated.”

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Sources: State Department


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