Today I look with profound concern to Istanbul and the proceedings against Osman Kavala and his co‑defendants. The harsh prison sentences demanded by the public prosecution office fuel fears that this case is going to be used to set a precedent, despite the dubious evidence presented.
I recall that the European Court of Human Rights stated back in 2019 that the charge was based on insufficient evidence that did not justify the more than four years that Osman Kavala has now spent in pre-trial detention.
It is hard to accept such a trial taking place in Europe nowadays. Not least at this time, respect for fundamental legal principles and obligations under international law is more urgent than ever.