Osman Kavala, 64, has been in Turkish prisons since October 2017. He is being held on charges of espionage and attempting to overthrow the government, stemming from his alleged involvement in the 2013 Gezi protests and the 2016 coup attempt.
Kavala’s imprisonment has been condemned by human rights groups and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ordered his release.
On Monday, the fourth anniversary of Kavala’s detention, the embassies of the Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the United States released a joint statement calling for his immediate release.
“The continuing delays in his trial, including by merging different cases and creating new ones after a previous acquittal, cast a shadow over respect for democracy, the rule of law and transparency in the Turkish judiciary system,” the statement said.
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Nuclear power plants now generate over 26% of the electricity produced in the European Union. France gets 70% of its electricity from nuclear. Germany and others are not convinced nuclear qualifies as green power.
A group of ten EU countries, led by France, have asked the European Commission to recognise nuclear power as a low-carbon energy source that should be part of the bloc’s decades-long transition towards climate neutrality.
Tapping into Europe’s ongoing energy crunch, the countries make the case for nuclear energy as a “key affordable, stable and independent energy source” that could protect EU consumers from being “exposed to the volatility of prices”.
The letter, which was initiated by France, has been sent to the Commission with the signature of nine other EU countries, most of which already count nuclear as part of their national energy mix: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Romania.
Ex-French president was found guilty Thursday and sentenced to one year house arrest for violating campaign finance laws during his unsuccessful re-election campaign in 2012.
The 66-year-old was found guilty in a Paris court of spending tens of millions of euros more on his campaign than was permitted under the law.
He will not be jailed, however, and can serve his sentence at home with an electronic bracelet, the court ruled.
Mr Sarkozy denies any wrongdoing and is expected to appeal against the ruling.
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