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U.S. Slams Sentencing of Turkish Businessman in 2016 Coup Case

By Selcan Hacaoglu

25 Apr 2022 · 2 min read

The U.S. slammed Turkey for sentencing a prominent businessman and philanthropist to life in prison for allegedly attempting to topple the government in a case that it saw as a test of freedom of expression and judicial independence.

A criminal court in Istanbul convicted Osman Kavala of conspiring to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a failed 2016 coup, and for allegedly financing and organizing nationwide anti-government protests in 2013. Kavala was acquitted on charges of espionage. He denies all the charges.

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