Turkey's jailed rights leader Kavala faces new trial

Turkey’s jailed civil society leader Osman Kavala appears on Friday by video link before an Istanbul court on charges that rights groups view as part of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s effort to stifle dissent. The 63-year-old social crusader’s trial date comes as the constitutional court mulls whether his detention – ongoing without a conviction for more than three years – is lawful. US academic Henri Barkey is being tried in absentia alongside Kavala in a case linked to the 2016 failed coup attempt against Erdogan. Rights groups view Kavala’s fate as a bellwether on the state of freedom of…

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