UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Turkish prosecutors plan to request a life sentence for businessman Osman Kavala, who is accused of organizing 2013 anti-government protests, according to a document submitted by the head of the Istanbul Public Prosecution Office to the court.
Kavala is one of 16 accused in this case, and he has been in prison since November 2017, and his supporters consider him a symbol of crackdowns against civil society.
After arriving convinced in this case, the public prosecutor is seeking a life sentence for Kavala and two other suspects, according to the document.
In December, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled that Kavala’s rights had been violated after keeping him for more than two years in detention, and criticized the charges against him.
But Silivri Court, on the outskirts of Istanbul, kept him in detention despite the European Court ruling. The next hearing will be held on 18 February.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Kavala of being associated with American billionaire George Soros, who has become the target of criticism from many authoritarian leaders in the world because of his efforts to promote democracy.
The severe sentences, which have replaced the death penalty in Turkey, include more prison terms compared to other sentences.
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