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Europe’s top court reprimands Turkey for jailing philanthropist 

Today’s decision by Europe's top rights court on Osman Kavala, who has kept behind bars for four and a half years in pre-detention and sentenced to life, inches Turkey closer to suspension of its voting rights or even membership in the Council of Europe. 
This photo shows the inside of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, eastern France, on Feb. 7, 2019.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled against Turkey in the case of the detention of philanthropist and rights activist Osman Kavala, thus giving the nod to the Council of  Europe (CoE) to continue with a rarely initiated disciplinary process against Ankara. 

The top European court said the philanthropist was held in pre-trial detention for more than four years despite three decisions ordering his release on bail and one acquittal judgment. 

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