Police in Istanbul detained 13 academics, businesspeople and journalists as part of an investigation launched into an association, Anadolu Kultur, that was headed by Osman Kavala, a jailed prominent businessperson, and activist.
Arab dissidents, journalists and activists honored Jamal Khashoggi in one of Istanbul’s holiest mosques on Friday. But across the city, police made a new round of arrests.
İstanbul Security Directorate has released a statement and announced that the operation against academics and civil society representatives has been launched on the ground of Gezi Park protests, alleging that 20 people, against whom a detention warrant has been issued, organized the protests in an hierarchical relation with Osman Kavala.
İstanbul Security Directorate has released a written statement and announced the reason for the detention of academics and civil society representatives.
Prof. Dr. Turgut Tarhanlı, Asena Günal and Bora Sarı, who were among the 13 academics and rights advocates taken into custody earlier today, have been released after their depositions. An international travel ban has been imposed on them.
Human Rights Association has released a written statement, emphasizing that they condemn the operations launched against academics and civil society representatives.
Turkish police detained six people including two academics on Nov. 16 as part of an investigation into prominent rights activist and businessman Osman Kavala.