Ali Gharavi.
Ali Gharavi, the Swedish citizen and human rights activist on trial in Turkey, poses by the Öresund Bridge. Credit: Laressa Dickey

Turkey tries Swedish human rights activist on terrorism charges

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Eleven human rights activists affiliated with Amnesty International, including a Swede, go on trial in Turkey today accused of terrorism charges. But human rights advisor Andrew Gardner says the trial is politically motivated.

One of the activists is Swedish IT consultant, Ali Gharavi, was arrested along with the other activists on an island outside of Istanbul this summer, where they were taking part in a workshop on data security for human rights activists. 

Swedish Radio News spoke to Andrew Gardner, senior advisor and researcher on Turkey, at Amnesty International, who explains why he believes the accusations are totally groundless and what he believes to be the actual intent behind the trial.

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