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Turkey's re-arrest of philanthropist signals alarm in Europe

Osman Kavala was re-arrested after his acquittal despite the European Court of Human Rights' call for Turkey to immediately release the philanthropist.

An Istanbul court acquitted Osman Kavala, a prominent Turkish philanthropist, on charges related to Istanbul's Gezi Park protests Feb. 18 only to have a prosecutor order his re-arrest soon after. Kavala had already spent 840 days in jail.

The decision to release Kavala was surprising, but his re-arrest came as a bigger shock, even for close observers of the trial.

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