Lobbing grave allegations without evidence, combing for evidence after arrests
and prolonging detention have become standard practices.
By Osman Kavala
Mr. Kavala is a Turkish businessman and philanthropist.
Osman Kavala giving a press conference at the European Parliament headquarters in 2014. Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
ISTANBUL - I have been in prison in Turkey for two years. On Tuesday, I appeared
in a court in Istanbul for my third hearing. But the court refused to end my detention.
I am a businessman and a philanthropist. On Oct. 17, 2017, I was returning home to
Istanbul from Gaziantep, a city in southeastern Turkey that hosts hundreds of
thousands Syrian refugees. I had been talking to municipal officials about a cultural
project involving Syrian refugee artists.
I was detained at an Istanbul airport. I thought it was a mistake and expected to be
released after giving my statement. After two weeks in a small cell with other
detainees, I was questioned at the Police Headquarters. Immediately afterward, I was
arrested. I have been in prison ever since.
For years, I have been managing my business and participating in and supporting
various civil society projects, including those around our Kurdish and Armenian
minorities, which were considered taboo. My work drew hostility from certain groups,
but I did not face any legal problems.
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