Amnesty International on Tuesday condemned the detention of businessman Osman Kavala just hours after a Turkish court acquitted him and eight other defendants over their alleged role in Gezi Park protests of 2013 in Istanbul.
Reports said applause erupted in the court on Tuesday as Kavala was ordered to be released after more than two years in jail.
However, hours after, authorities slammed new charges on him and detained him, prompting Amnesty International to condemn the decision to detain him on new charges merely hours.
Amnesty said he should be immediately set free, said Amnesty International.
“This decision smacks of deliberate and calculated cruelty. To have been granted release after almost two-and-a-half years behind bars only to have the door to freedom so callously slammed in his face is a devastating blow for Osman Kavala, his family and all who stand for justice in Turkey,” said Milena Buyum Amnesty International Turkey Campaigner.
“This latest episode of malicious detention has dashed the hopes of Osman Kavala and those of his family who were waiting to welcome him into their arms.
“This cynical and outrageous detention only deepens our resolve to continue to fight on Osman Kavala’s behalf. It is time for Turkey to end the relentless crackdown on dissenting voices. Osman Kavala must be immediately released from prison.”