ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish prosecutors are looking for a world arrest warrant for New York Knicks participant Enes Kanter, accusing him of membership in a terror group.
Sabah newspaper says the Istanbul chief prosecutor’s workplace had additionally ready an extradition request for the NBA participant. Officers on the prosecutor’s workplace couldn’t be reached by The Related Press for remark.
Kanter, who did not go along with the Knicks this week for his or her recreation in London as a result of he feared he could possibly be killed over his opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, responded on Twitter that the Turkish authorities couldn’t current “any single piece of proof of my wrongdoing.”
“I do not actually have a parking ticket within the U.S.,” he wrote Wednesday.
Kanter has been an outspoken critic of Erdogan, and his Turkish passport was revoked in 2017.
This time, Sabah says prosecutors are looking for an Interpol “Pink Discover” citing Kanter’s ties to exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who’s blamed for a failed coup in 2016, and accusing him of offering monetary help to his group.
Kanter stated he feared assassination if he left the U.S. or Canada when he introduced final week that he would not journey with the Knicks, who play the Washington Wizards at The O2 Area on Thursday. The crew stated on the time Kanter would not make the journey due to a visa difficulty.
Kanter denied that was the issue, even posting a photograph of a journey doc on social media, and made it clear his difficulty was his security due to Ergodan, whom he has known as “the Hitler of our century.”
“They have a whole lot of spies there,” he stated. “I believe I can get killed there straightforward. It might be a really ugly state of affairs.”
Whereas the Knicks are abroad, Kanter has posted various pictures of himself assembly with U.S. congressmen. He additionally wrote an opinion piece within the Washington Put up explaining his resolution and his causes for standing towards Ergodan.
“My resolution to not journey to London was tough from a aggressive standpoint however a lot simpler from a security one,” he wrote. “It helps places a highlight on how a dictator is wrecking Turkey – folks have been killed, hundreds are unjustly imprisoned, and numerous lives have been ruined. That’s no recreation.”