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Today, Thursday (October 21, 2021), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched an attack on the ambassadors of ten countries, including the United States and Germany, after they demanded in a statement the release of the Turkish dissident and businessman Osman Kavala, who has been imprisoned in Turkey for years.

“I told our foreign minister that we cannot allow ourselves to receive them in our country,” Erdogan was quoted by the Turkish Anadolu Agency and other Turkish media as saying, referring to the ambassadors of the ten mentioned countries. The Turkish president said, “Is it up to you to teach Turkey a lesson?”, stressing that the Turkish judiciary is “independent.”

“Are you releasing murderers and terrorists in your country? Neither America nor Germany … which of them did such a thing before?” he told reporters on his plane back from an African tour.

It is not yet known whether Erdogan’s statements will lead to the expulsion of these diplomats.

In a statement issued on Monday evening, Canada, France, Finland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the United States called for a “fair and speedy settlement of the case” of Osman Kavala, a Turkish businessman and activist who has been on trial for four years. The statement said that his continued detention casts a shadow over democracy and the rule of law in Turkey.

As a result, the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned last Tuesday the ambassadors of the ten countries, considering it “unacceptable” to demand the release of the imprisoned dissident.

The Turkish dissident who has been imprisoned in Turkey since the years Osman Kavala (archived 11/11/2014)

The Turkish dissident imprisoned in Turkey since the years of Osman Kavala

The Turkish authorities accuse the 64-year-old dissident, who is considered one of the most prominent figures in civil society, of seeking to destabilize Turkey. He is particularly targeted because in 2013 he supported the anti-government demonstrations known as the Gezi movement that targeted Erdogan while he was prime minister. He was then accused of trying to “overthrow the government” during the failed coup in 2016.

In December 2019, the European Court of Human Rights ordered his “immediate release” but to no avail. The Council of Europe recently threatened Ankara with sanctions that could be passed during its next session from November 30 to December 2, if the opponent is not released until then.

An Istanbul court in early October extended Kavalas prison term until November 26, despite European threats to impose sanctions on Ankara.


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