Turkish police detain academics in probe of prominent rights activist

Turkish police detain academics in probe of prominent rights activist

ISTANBUL
Turkish police detain academics in probe of prominent rights activist

Professors Turgut Tarhanlı and Betül Tanbay

Turkish police detained six people including two academics on Nov. 16 as part of an investigation into prominent rights activist and businessman Osman Kavala.

Kavala was detained in October last year and subsequently jailed pending trial, accused of seeking to overthrow the government as part of an investigation into the network which Ankara accuses of carrying out a 2016 failed coup.

The two academics were named as Professor Turgut Tarhanlı of Istanbul Bilgi University and Professor Betül Tanbay of Boğaziçi University. The other four detainees were staff of Kavala’s Anadolu Kültür Association, which is involved in promoting culture and rights.

In a statement marking one year since he was remanded in custody, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch renewed calls at the end of October for Kavala’s immediate and unconditional release.

No indictment outlining the precise charges against him had so far been issued by prosecutors, their statement said.

Friends of jailed Turkish businessman-activist Osman Kavala call for his release
Friends of jailed Turkish businessman-activist Osman Kavala call for his release

Betül Tanbay, Turgut Tarhanlı, Osman Kavala