Turkish prosecutors seek extradition of National Basketball Association player Enes Kanter

Ruben Holloway
January 19, 2019

The allegations that Kanter is a member of an "armed terrorist group" arose after the National Basketball Association star was contacted repeatedly by people close to Gulen, Turkey's state-owned news agency Anadolu reported.

Istanbul Public Prosecutor's Office is preparing to issue a Red Notice for Enes Kanter, under the claim that he is a member of the Gulenist FETO terrorist group. Officials at the prosecutor's office could not be reached by AP for comment.

"Turkish Government cannot present any single piece of evidence of my wrongdoing", Kanter wrote. It has sought the extradition of Gülen, who also lives in the U.S. "I have always been a law-abiding resident", Kanter said through his personal Twitter account.

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Sabah and Anadolu said prosecutors are seeking an Interpol "Red Notice" over alleged ties to Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish opposition figure in self-imposed exile in the United States.

Turkey previously revoked Kanter's passport and declared him a fugitive for his support of Gulen.

The Knicks are set to play the Wizards tomorrow. Kanter, who is not a US citizen and does not have a USA passport, is fearful that Erdogan will use Interpol, an global law enforcement organization, to have him arrested if he leaves North America.

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Rubio said he takes a different approach to foreign policy negotiations than Trump, who has not publicly commented on Kanter's situation.

The US would likely comply with the request only in the event there is compelling evidence Kanter committed a crime that could be prosecutable in the US. "I've long said that human rights and respect for democracy should be at the forefront of everything we do and I have a different style about that". He says Gulen is trying to bring universal peace to this world. "It is obvious that this person's remarks are irrational and distort the truth". The team said at the time that Kanter wouldn't make the trip because of a visa issue. "But if I step outside of America, it will be a very risky situation".

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