Mar 22 2018

Still no indictment for jailed philanthropist

Turkish philanthropist and rights activist Osman Kavala has been in prison for 141 days without an indictment being produced, alternative media portal Bianet said.

Kavala was a founder of İletişim Publications, a prominent publishing house, and was heavily involved in think-tank TESEV, the Turkish branch of the Open Society Institute, and the human rights group Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly.

He was taken into police custody at Istanbul Atatürk Airport on Oct. 18, 2017 on his return from a project with the Goethe Foundation in the southeastern city of Gaziantep.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan referred to him in a subsequent speech as “Turkey’s Soros”, Bianet said.

"Some try to deflect the truth by means of praises attributed to him such as 'he was a good citizen, a media member, an NGO representative,” Erdoğan said.

“The identity of this figure called 'the Soros of Turkey' has been uncovered. That was his name that came up in the (U.S.) Consulate General (investigation). All connections have surfaced,” Erdoğan said. “You see those people again behind funds transfers to certain places. Who are you trying to fool?"