President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip ErdoganAmbassadors of ten countries, including the United States, Germany and France, asked the opposition. Osman Kawala Released, they will be notified. “The person who does not give thanks as soon as possible”.
“I have ordered our foreign minister Get ready as soon as possible to declare these ten ambassadors a personalityless cradle“During a visit to central Turkey, the Turkish president said he did not specify a date.
48 hours ago he threatened the diplomats to leave the country. “I have told our foreign minister We cannot hold them in our countryErdogan confirmed this, according to reports released this Thursday by various Turkish media outlets.
Ambassadors from the United States, Germany, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, New Zealand, Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden issued a joint statement on Monday night.Fair and immediate settlement of the case” Osman Kawala, A Turkish publisher and philanthropist has become the black beast of government. He has been jailed for four years without trial.
“Is it your job to teach Turkey a lesson? who are you?The Turkish president responded by underlining that his country’s justice was “independent”, according to local media.
On Tuesday, the day after they released their statement, The ambassadors of these ten countries were invited by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu., Who considered “UnacceptableHis appeal to Usman Guard.
Diplomats considered “Continued delay in its implementation (…) casts a shadow over democracy, the rule of law and the transparency of the Turkish judiciary”.
Osman KawalaThe 64-year-old, a key figure in civil society, has been accused by President Erdogan’s regime since 2013 of plotting to destabilize Turkey.
“Maintain the Fiction of a Conspiracy”
In December 2019, The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ordered his immediate release, to no avail.
In early October, An Istanbul court has ordered Kawala’s custody extended, A wealthy businessman born in Paris, says “there are no new elements to free him.”
Kawala is in the crosshairs of the authorities for supporting anti-government protests against Erdogan in 2013., When the current president was prime minister. He was later accused of attempting coup and spying..
The businessman who always denies the allegations against him, Has been sentenced to life imprisonment. He is scheduled to appear in court again on November 26.
In an interview AFP, Osman Kawala considered last week, with his arrest, the regime of Recep Tayyip Erdogan its “Conspiracy theories”.
“For me, the real reason I have been detained for so long is the need for the government to maintain the myth of a conspiracy.“He announced through his lawyer, from his cell.
“I have been accused of participating in a conspiracy organized by foreign powers. Releasing me would weaken that myth that it is definitely not what the government wants“, He explained.
The Council of Europe, of which Turkey is a member In September, the Turkish government threatened sanctions in the case.
If the Turkish judge does not release the businessman earlier, the sanctions could be adopted at the next council meeting between November 30 and December 2.
(With information from AFP)