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The sentence to life imprisonment of the Turkish mécène Osman Kavala was confirmed on Wednesday by the Istanbul Tribunal. Il est actué d’avoir tenté de verser le gouvernement.

Turkish tycoon Osman Kavala, nicknamed the “red billionaire”, has been sentenced to life imprisonment confirmed on appeal, Wednesday, December 28, by the Istanbul Tribunal, reports the Anadolu news agency.

Les juges ont également maintenu les peines de 18 ans de détention inflicted fin avril en première instance à ses sept co-accusedes.

A 65-year-old businessman and philanthropist, Osman Kavala was convicted of “attempting to overthrow the government” of Recep Tayyip Erdogan by financing the anti-government protests known as the “Gezi movement” in 2013, and seven others for soutenu

Sa condamnation peut encore faire l’objet d’un recours devant la Cour de cassation turque.

Arrested at the end of 2017 and detained since then, he denounced a “judiciary murder” during his trial, which gave rise to intense tensions between Ankara and western officers who were mobilized in his favour.

Les trois avocats d’Osman Kavala avaient fait valoir dans leurs plaidoiries le manque de preuves et l’charnement du pouvoir dans ce procès marathon éminemment politique.

Pas de remise de peine

La détention à perpétuité du mécène est assortie d’une peine de sûreté qui exclut toute remise de peine.

The leaders of the Council of Europe have called on Turkey several times to immediately release Osman Kavala, after a judge ruled that Ankara had violated the European Convention on Human Rights.

Les États Unis se sont declarées mercredi “deeply concerned” by the decision of Turkish justice.

“Sa condemnation unjuste est incompatible avec le respect des droits humaans et de l’État de droit. We call again on Turkey to release Osman Kavala, “said the spokesperson of the American State Department Vedant Patel.

“The people of Turkey deserve to exercise their human rights and fundamental freedoms without fear of reprisals,” he added.

With AFP

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