The State Department called on the Turkish authorities to release businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala, noting that this week, Turkish philanthropist and civil society leader Osman Kavala spent 1,000 days in custody without being convicted of any crime.
The statement runs as follows:
As of this week, Turkish philanthropist and civil society leader Osman Kavala has spent 1,000 days in detention without being convicted of any crime. The United States underscores the importance of respecting international obligations and commitments. We call upon Turkey to comply with its own commitment to justice and rule of law and to release Osman Kavala from detention, while pursuing a just, transparent, and speedy resolution to his case.