Turkey's top court backs jailing of rights defender Kavala

Turkey’s top court on Tuesday signed off on the controversial three-year detention of rights activist Osman Kavala in a case watched closely for signs of a political thawing under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The internationally recognised patron of culture and the arts is still in prison despite having been acquitted in February in connection with widespread protests that posed the first serious challenge to Erdogan’s rule in 2013. He was re-arrested before he could walk free and jailed on fresh charges of espionage and involvement in a failed 2016 coup that was followed by mass arrests an…

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