Turkish activist’s trial resumes after diplomatic bust-up


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Istanbul (AFP) – The trial of jailed civil society leader Osman Kavala resumes on Friday with the first hearing since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to expel 10 Western ambassadors who called for his release.

The hearing comes with Erdogan facing one of the toughest economic tests of his rule since 2003, with the Turkish lira tumbling to record lows against the dollar.

The 64-year-old civil society leader and businessman, who has been kept in jail without conviction for four years, is accused of financing 2013 anti-government protests and playing a role in the 2016 coup attempt.

If convicted, he could be jailed for life without the possibility of parole.

The philanthropist has become a symbol to his supporters of the sweeping crackdown Erdogan unleashed after…

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