Turkey wants Enes Kanter arrested: Part of terrorist organization

Turkey wants Enes Kanter arrested: Part of terrorist organization

Turkey is seeking an worldwide arrest warrant for Enes Kanter as they are accusing him of being a member of a terrorist organization.

The pro-government Daily Sabah newspaper says the Istanbul chief prosecutor's office had also prepared an extradition request for the National Basketball Association player. Kanter said that Turkey didn't present any evidence and that he's never had as much as a parking ticket in the U.S. "I have always been a law-abiding resident".

Enes Kanter has been quite critical of the Turkish government and the country's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Kanter was indicted in Turkish court a year ago for alleged membership in "an armed terrorist group".

Turkey blames the July 2016 attempted overthrow of Erdogan on former ally-turned-foe Fethullah Gulen, but the preacher vehemently denies the claims. While attempting to travel back to the U.S., Kanter's Turkish passport was canceled and he was detained in Romania before U.S. senators from Oklahoma (where Kanter was playing at the time) intervened to bring him back to the U.S.

Since the attempted coup, some 77,000 people have been jailed pending trial and 150,000 state employees including teachers, judges and soldiers have been suspended or dismissed in a crackdown on alleged supporters of Gulen.

Kanter is aware of the report and commented on the situation via Twitter.

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The Istanbul prosecutors' office was not immediately available to comment on the report on Wednesday.

Kanter already has announced that he would not be traveling with the New York Knicks for their game against the Washington Wizards in London on Thursday, (3 p.m. ET - Watch on FuboTV with NBATV add-on). "But if I step outside of America, it will be a very unsafe situation". "There's a chance that I can get killed out there", he said, according to the BBC. He also wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post explaining his decision and his reasons for standing against Erdogan.

"It helps puts a spotlight on how a dictator is wrecking Turkey - people have been killed, thousands are unjustly imprisoned, and countless lives have been ruined". Kanter now holds a US green card, according to the BBC.

Why does Turkey want him arrested?

Kanter hasn't left the US or Canada since May 2017, when he was forced to leave Indonesia while attending a basketball camp because the Indonesian police went searching for him when the Turkish government told them Kanter was unsafe.

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