Fresh detention warrant for Osman Kavala, hours after acquittal

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Istanbul prosecutors have issued a new detention warrant for businessman Osman Kavala, shortly after he was acquitted on terrorism charges in a trial pertaining to the 2013 Gezi Park protests.

Police detained Kavala immediately after his release from a sprawling prison in Silivri, west of Istanbul, and took him to police headquarters after routine health checks, state-owned Anadolu news agency said.

During a 24-hour detention period, Kavala was expected to be sent to the prosecutor’s office at the main court in Istanbul and prosecutors will then rule on whether to formally arrest him and send him back to prison.

Earlier on Feb. 18, Kavala was acquitted from criminal charges related to the 2013 Gezi Park protests.

He was among the nine others acquitted in the case.

In the summer of 2013, relatively small demonstrations in Istanbul’s Gezi Park grew into a nationwide wave of protests against the government that left eight protesters and a police officer dead.

Hurriyet Daily News

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