Turkey’s Constitutional Court says no violation of rights in Kavala’s prosecution

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Turkey’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday said jailed Turkish businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala’s right to freedom and security were not violated during his prosecution, the CNN Türk news website reported.

Lawyers for Kavala, who has been incarcerated for more than 18 months for his alleged role in the 2013 Gezi Park protests, applied to the top court in December 2017.

In March an İstanbul prosecutor sought a life sentence for Kavala and 15 others, accusing them of attempting to overthrow the government.

Human Rights Watch has said the indictment provided no evidence regarding its allegations.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan publicly denounced Kavala’s alleged role in the Gezi protests, adding that Hungarian-American businessman George Soros was also one of the financiers of the protests.

Kavala’s trial will begin on June 24.

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