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Turkey Detains Philanthropist Known for Supporting Armenian Reconciliation

Osman Kavala, a prominent Turkish activist and philanthropist, en route to the Aghtamar Armenian church on an island in eastern Turkey's Lake Van. (photo: Maxim Edwards)

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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