Germany summons Turkish envoy for Kavala verdict

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and Turkey summoned their respective ambassadors on Friday over a row sparked by a Turkish court’s decision to sentence a prominent Turkish civil rights activist and philanthropist to life in prison.

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 to 18 years in prison each for “aiding” the attempt.

Christofer Burger, spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry, said the Turkish envoy to Berlin had been summoned for talks on Friday morning. Turkey retaliated by summoning German Ambassador Juergen Schulz, Turkish state agency Anadolu reported.

Anadolu said a senior Turkish official told Schulz that Ankara “rejects attempts to interfere in Turkey’s judicial and political system.

Burger 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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