Osman Kavala, a Turkish businessman and activist who has been held in pre-trial detention in İstanbul’s Silivri prison, has shared the first photo since the beginning of his prison sentence in November 2017.
Mr Kavala was reportedly pictured with his wife, Ayşe Buğra, a history professor at Turkey’s Boğaziçi University, during a visit at the holy month of Ramadan in early June 2018.
Detained upon his arrival to İstanbul’s Atatürk airport late on Oct 18, Kavala is accused of “attempting to abolish the constitutional order” and “attempting to remove the government of the Turkish Republic,” according to media.
Media also said Kavala has been under investigation in the same probe that led to the jailing of US consulate employee Metin Topuz over alleged ties to Turkey’s Gulen group on Oct 4, 2017.
Turkish government accuses the group of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt while the latter denies involvement.
Kavala was born in 1957 in Paris and studied economics at the University of Manchester. Upon his father’s passing in 1982, he took over the management of the Kavala Companies.
He was active in the establishment of a number of business organizations in Turkey, including Turkish-Polish and Turkish-Greek business councils and the Association of Tourism Investors.