Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that ambassadors from ten countries, including France, Germany and the United States, who have called for the release of rival Osman Kavala, would be declared “persona non greta”.
“I ordered my foreign minister to dispose of the declaration of these 10 ambassadors as personal non-greats at the earliest.”, said the head of state during a visit to central Turkey, although without giving an exact date.
This ambassadorMust know and understand Turkish“Confirming Mr. Erdogan’s accusations”indecency“.” They have to leave the country”If they don’t know him anymore“, she added.
In a statement issued on Monday evening, Canada, France, Finland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the United States called for “equitable settlement. and speedy disposal of the case” Osman Kavala, Turkish businessman and patron . Who has become the pet of the regime, imprisoned for four years without trial.
Accused of seeking to “overthrow the government”
Turkey’s head of state on Thursday threatened to expel these ambassadors without taking concrete steps in this direction. Turkey, while pronouncing the verdict, summoned the ambassadors of these ten countries on Tuesday. “not acceptable“His call for the release of Osman Kavala.
The 64-year-old rival, a prominent figure in civil society, has been accused of trying to destabilize Turkey by President Erdogan’s regime since 2013. She is particularly in the crosshairs in 2013 for supporting the anti-government protests known as the Gezi movement. He was then accused of trying to “overthrow the government” during the 2016 coup attempt.
In December 2019, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered his “immediate release” – to no avail. Despite European threats of sanctions against Ankara, Osman Kavala will remain in prison until at least 26 November, an Istanbul court ruled in early October.
The Council of Europe recently threatened Turkey with sanctions, which could be adopted at its next session (30 November to 2 December) if the rival is not released by then.
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