Turkey Detains Philanthropist Known for Supporting Armenian Reconciliation
Turkey has detained an influential Turkish businessman and philanthropist who has been one of the leading voices in Turkey’s ongoing struggle to come to terms with a dark chapter of its history.
Osman Kavala was arrested at Istanbul’s Atatürk airport October 19, after returning from a meeting with the Goethe Institut in the south-eastern city of Gaziantep. Kavala was detained for an initial seven days; the T24 news agency quoted his lawyer Ferat Cagil as saying that he was taken to the city’s counter-terrorism police department and that a “secret inquiry” had been launched concerning Kavala.
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