Court puts Turkish businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala under arrest

A Turkish court on Wednesday placed prominent businessman and civil society activist Osman Kavala under arrest on suspicion of links to last year’s failed coup, AFP reported.

Kavala was charged with “attempting to overthrow the government” in connection with the July 2016 attempted putsch as well as a 2013 corruption probe that targeted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to state-run news agency Anadolu.

The Istanbul court also charged Kavala with “attempting to remove the constitutional order.”

Kavala, chairman of the Anadolu Kultur (Anatolian Culture) NGO which focuses on cultural collaboration with Europe, has been in custody since October 18. Anadolu Kultur has sought to reach out to Armenia.

He is also the co-founder of the Iletisim publishing house.

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