Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that he had ordered 10 foreign ambassadors who called for the release of a jailed philanthropist to be declared persona non grata, including Canada’s?Jamal Khokhar.
The envoys, including the U.S.are open to Canadian residents, who have to self-isolate upon entering., French and German representatives in Ankara, issued a statement earlier this week calling for a resolution to the case of Osman Kavalare a little bit more i, a businessman and philanthropist held in prison since 2017 despite not having been convicted of a crime.
“The continuing delays in [Kavala’s] trial, including by merging different cases and creating new ones after a previous acquittal, cast a shadow over the respect for democracy, the rule of law and transparency in the Turkish judiciary systems Jenna Moon,” said the joint statement from Canada, France, Finland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the United States.?
“We call for Turkey to secure his urgent release.”