BERLIN (AP) — Germany summoned Turkey’s ambassador to Berlin on Friday to protest a life prison sentence handed down by a Turkish court against a prominent Turkish civil rights activist and philanthropist.
Western governments and rights groups have strongly criticized this week’s decision that found Osman Kavala guilty of trying to overthrow the government through mass protests in 2013. The Istanbul court also convicted seven others charged with 18 years in prison each for “aiding” the attempt.
Christofer Burger, spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry, said the Turkish envoy was summoned for talks on Friday morning.
He told reporters in Berlin that Germany had urged other European Union countries to make a similar diplomatic protest.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said the Turkish court’s decision “flagrantly contradicts the constitutional standards and international obligations to which Turkey is committed as a member of the Council of Europe and a candidate for the European Union. ‘EU membership‘.
“We expect Osman Kavala to be released immediately – the European Court of Human Rights has compelled Turkey to do so,” Baerbock said.
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