Political pressure led to life sentence ruling
Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala, who was sentenced to life in prison for trying to overthrow the government by financing protests in 2013, said on Wednesday that the ruling violated legal standards and reflected political pressure on the court.
An Istanbul court sentenced Kavala last week, in a case that Europe’s top court and Western powers say is politically motivated.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and Ankara’s Western allies including Washington have called for an end to Kavala’s detention.
“The decision is arbitrary, and taken in violation of legal norms under political pressure,” Kavala said in a statement.