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Turkish Court Orders Philanthropist Kavala Remain in Jail

A screen featuring jailed philanthropist Osman Kavala during a press conference from his lawyers in 2018. 

A screen featuring jailed philanthropist Osman Kavala during a press conference from his lawyers in 2018. 

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A court in Istanbul on Friday ordered philanthropist Osman Kavala remain in jail in a case that’s being closely watched by Western allies as a test of Turkey’s judicial independence, Haberturk TV channel reported.

The 64-year-old businessman has been in prison for more than four years and is currently on trial on charges of conspiring to overthrow the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a failed coup attempt in 2016. Kavala denies taking part in the putsch effort.