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    Turkish Tycoon Acquitted — Then Re-Arrested

    Just hours after a Turkish court cleared Osman Kavala and eight other defendants of criminal charges over 2013 anti-government protests, the prominent businessman found himself back in police custody. This time, he's accused of playing a role in the 2016 attempted coup, which Ankara has blamed on U.S.-based religious leader Fethullah Gullen. Critics said Kavala's re-arrest "smacks of deliberate and calculated cruelty."

    So why was he even acquitted? The European Court of Human Rights demanded his release in December, citing a lack of reasonable suspicion — which raises the prospect that authorities might build a stronger case this time.

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