Turkey holds first Kavala hearing after row with Western allies

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By Ali Kucukgocmen ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Turkish court on Friday will hold the latest hearing in the trial of philanthropist businessman Osman Kavala, whose case provoked a diplomatic tussle between Ankara and its Western allies after they called for his immediate release. The trial of Kavala, who has been in jail without conviction for more than four years, has been criticised as politically motivated and symbolic of a crackdown on dissent under President Tayyip Erdogan. The government rejects this and says Turkey’s courts are independent. Last month Erdogan threatened to expel the ambassado…

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