Duvar English

Prominent businessman, human rights activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala had to abandon the snails he was looking after in prison after a court ordered his rearrest hours after another court ruled to acquit him.

Kavala, who was arrested in November 2017, was acquitted in the case into the Gezi Park protests, which took place in Istanbul’s Taksim following harsh government response to a group of protesters trying to prevent the cutting down of trees for a large development project planned by the government.

He was rearrested hours later over a separate case into the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt, which is widely believed to have been masterminded by the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen.

Following his acquittal, Kavala wanted to take the snails he looked after in Silivri Prison home, but had to give them to his lawyer when a detention warrant was issued.