Turkish prosecutor is looking for extradition of Knicks Center Enes Kanter about his ties with the exiled cleric & # 39;
Turkish prosecutors are looking for the extradition of New York Knicks center Enes Kanter on his left to the US-based cleric accused of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016, according to the state news agency Anadolu.
Anadolu said on Tuesday that prosecutors raised the issue of a red notice & # 39; for Kanter had sought, a request from Interpol to locate an individual pending extradition and provisionally arrest.
It said that the extradition request contains social media commentaries made about Gulen by Kanter, who often expressed his support for the clergyman.
Kanter, a vocal critic of President Tayyip Erdogan, was indicted by a Turkish court last year for alleged membership of an armed terrorist group & # 39; after being repeatedly contacted by people in the neighborhood of the Islamic pastor Fethullah Gulen. He is currently four years in a Turkish prison for insulting Erdogan, who has repeatedly referred to the NBA star as & # 39; the Hitler of our century & # 39 ;.
Istanbul's parquet was not immediately available on Wednesday to comment on the report.
A Kanter spokesman did not respond immediately to the Daily Mail's request for comment.
Turkish prosecutors are looking for the extradition of New York Knicks Center Enes Kanter about his ties with the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen
Kanter, a vocal critic of President Tayyip Erdogan (right), was sued by a Turkish court last year for alleged membership of an armed terrorist group & # 39; after being repeatedly contacted by people in the neighborhood of the Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen (left). Kanter is currently four years in a Turkish prison for insulting Erdogan, who he is the Hitler of our century & # 39; calls
Turkey previously drew Kanter's passport and declared him a fugitive for his support to Gulen, who accuses Ankara of sitting behind July 2016's attempt – an allegation that Gulen denies.
In May 2017, Kanter was denied access to Romania due to the cancellation of his Turkish passport.
Earlier this month, Kanter said he would not go to London on Thursday for the Knicks game against the Washington Wizards because he fears he might be killed because he criticized Erdogan.
A Knicks spokesman told the Daily Mail that Kanter would miss the trip because of his visa issue. Kanter has emphasized, however, that he no longer has a visa issue.
In response to the claim by Erdogan, the loyalist and former NBA player Hedo Turkoglu that Kanter lied about his reason for missing the current trip in London, the Knicks Center tweeted a picture of what he claimed to be his travel documents.
He previously received an American green card, according to reports, allowing him to stay in the United States indefinitely while also allowing him to travel to Canada for contests against the Toronto Raptors – the only NBA franchise not in the United States. is.
"Erdogan is a strong man, and I knew that there would be an impact on the things I said about him and the Turkish government, but I did not know it would be like that," Kanter wrote in a statement. opinion piece published by the Washington Post.
& # 39; I get a lot of death threats & # 39 ;, Kanter wrote. I loved being alone around New York City, but I can not do that anymore. My friends and family in Turkey could be arrested just to talk to me. I could not visit the Oslo Freedom Forum of the Foundation for Human Rights in Norway last year, for the same reason that I am not going to London. & # 39;
As Kanter explained, he was forced to flee Indonesia in 2017, which eventually struck him in Romania.
& # 39; May 20, 2017 was one of the scariest days of my life & # 39 ;, he wrote. & # 39; It was the day that I realized that I was being chased by Erdogan.
& # 39; I was in Indonesia to run a children's basketball camp for my charity. I woke up in the middle of the night by knocking on my door. My manager said the Indonesian police were looking for me because the Turkish government had told them that I was dangerous. We ran to the airport and left the country on the next flight.
We flew from Indonesia to Singapore and then to Romania & # 39 ;, he continued. & # 39; At some point, after we had left Singapore, the Turkish government canceled my passport. The police at the airport in Bucharest told me that I was not allowed to enter the country. I did not need anyone to tell me why this happened. I was being held because of what I had said about Erdogan. I was afraid that they would send me back to Turkey. I was worried because I had to return to the United States without a passport.
& # 39; With some help from the Oklahoma senators (I played for the Oklahoma City Thunder at the time), I managed to return to the United States, where I soon discovered that the Turkish government had issued an order for my arrest . & # 39;
Despite the claims of Turkey and the Knicks, Kanter claims that he has no visa problems and could have traveled to London with the team, but not because he was afraid of murder.
Kanter claims that his documents would have enabled him to travel to London where he did not live for fear of being murdered by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
In a statement previously issued to the Daily Mail of the Turkish consulate in New York, a government spokesman for the Kanter accused him of being a radical terrorist.
Enes Kanter is one of the well-known recruits of Fetullah Gulen and a vocal mouthpiece of FETO & # 39 ;, according to the statement. (& # 39; FETO & # 39; is an abbreviation for the name of the Turkish government for Gulen and his followers: & # 39; Fetullah Gulen Terrorist Orgnaization & # 39;)
Erdogan loyalist and former NBA player Hedo Turkoglu (right) accused Kanter of lying about his reasoning for missing Thursday's game in London. Turkoglu now serves as an advisor for Erdogan
& # 39; He is a tragic example or case study of radicalization by this cultic crime syndicate & # 39 ;, the statement continues.
& # 39; He met the Gulenist structures in the early centuries. He studied in one of their schools in Turkey. These schools functioned as the main reason for the brainwashing of talented / intelligent children, and transformed them into servants of Gulen and his sect. & # 39;
The statement continues with the accusation of Gulen & # 39; s organization of filling the virtual NBA All-Star ballot boxes in Kanter's favor: "One of the orders distributed to the Gulenists through this program was to support Enes Kanter's NBA Allstar (sic) bid via internet voting. Another instruction was that members had to use every form of social media to show support for Kanter after his argument with his family. & # 39;
Although he publicly condemned and rejected his son, Mehmet Kanter was charged in June with charges for terrorism and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
For this, Mehmet, a professor, was purified after the coup attempt from public service and held in jail for five days in 2017.
Enes Kanter has stated that he believes he was arrested as reprisal because of his outspoken criticism of Erdogan.
Earlier it was reported that although the NBA is very popular in Turkey, Knicks games are not broadcast in the country. And recently, when the Turkish social media accounts of the NBA asked fans to name the Turkish top player, Kanter was noticeably omitted from the list
Enes & # 39; Father Mehmet Kanter (photo), a professor, was purged of the public service after that failed coup attempt and held for five days for five days
Kanter has said that he has trouble signing a shoe contract because sneaker companies are reluctant to anger Turkey, where they have invested millions of dollars & # 39 ;, he declared in 2018.
Since the putsch attempt, some 77,000 people have been imprisoned in anticipation of a lawsuit and 150,000 state employees including teachers, judges and soldiers have been suspended or dismissed in a crackdown on Gulen's alleged supporters.
It is not known whether Kanter has a specific threat related to the match in London, but has previously claimed that he has threatened his life.
Kanter started talking to Erdogan in 2016 after a bomb attack in Ankara, the capital of the country.
Turkey was previously linked to a murder on British soil. In 2016, The Times accused the Turkish intelligence service of killing a Kurdish dissident in a café in London.
More recently, two Russian agents were accused of murdering the former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal with a nerve agent in the south-west of England.