Ankara, December 29 : Turkey’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled that the detention of Turkish businessman Osman Kavala did not violate his rights to liberty and security.
Rejecting Kavala’s application that his detention is violation of rights, The 15-judge panel passed the ruling with eight votes to seven, the Anadolu agency reported.
Kavala had applied to the Constitutional Court earlier this year claiming his detention was unlawful and therefore violated his right to liberty and security
Kavala had been in detention for over three years when he was acquitted in February of connection to the anti-government Gezi Park protests in 2013. He was immediately rearrested on new charges leveled against him in connection with the failed 2016 coup attempt.
According to state news agency Anadolu, the court shot down Kavala’s appeal to be released while pending trial and found that his immediate re-arrest was not a violation of his constitutional rights.
The prominent businessman Kavala was deeply involved in philanthropy, supported cultural foundations and human rights foundations in turkey. He denied all charges leveled against him.
The US and EU have called for Kavala’s release, stating that there was no evidence to justify his lengthy detention.