Turkey summons German ambassador to Ankara over Kavala statements

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Turkey summoned German Ambassador to Ankara Jürgen Schulz on Friday evening after Germany summoned the Turkish envoy to Berlin over the latest verdict on jailed businessman Osman Kavala.

The German Foreign Ministry had previously summoned Turkish Ambassador to Berlin Ahmet Başar Şen over the case. In response, the German diplomat was summoned by Deputy Foreign Minister and European Union Director Faruk Kaymakcı, according to information provided by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

It was said that Germany’s summoning of the Turkish diplomat was against diplomatic practice and that the Kavala affair was politicized.

It was declared to Ambassador Schulz that the verdict of condemnation rendered by the independent Turkish judiciary cannot be questioned by any institution, authority or country, that Turkey is a State of law conscious of its Constitution and its international obligations, and who tries to interfere in Turkish justice and politics are rejected.

The Ambassador was also reminded of the principle of non-interference in internal affairs of the Vienna Convention.

Germany summoned Turkey’s Ambassador to Berlin Şen to the German Foreign Ministry because of the aggravated life sentence given to Kavala.

Christofer Burger, spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry, said in a statement that with this they “have once again clearly demonstrated the government’s position by calling the Turkish Ambassador to the Foreign Office”.

Burger also said they urge other EU member states to do the same.

The spokesperson also referred to German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock’s statement that the decision violates the rule of law and international commitments and said: “We hope that Osman Kavala will be released as soon as possible”.

A Turkish court sentenced imprisoned businessman Kavala to life in prison on Monday after he was found guilty of trying to overthrow the government by funding nationwide protests in 2013.

Kavala, 64, has been in jail for 4½ years and denies charges against him and 15 others during the Gezi Park protests, which began as small protests in Istanbul and turned into nationwide riots, which have left eight demonstrators and a policeman. dead officer.

The Istanbul court also sentenced seven other people to 18 years in prison for helping to try to overthrow the government. The court said it decided to acquit Kavala of the espionage charge due to lack of evidence.

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