Turkey prosecutor seeks Interpol red notice for National Basketball Association star Kanter

Turkey prosecutor seeks Interpol red notice for National Basketball Association star Kanter

The Turkish government is requesting that New York Knicks center Enes Kanter be arrested and extradited to Turkey to face charges of being connected to a terrorist organization, according to CNN. Officials at the prosecutor's office could not be reached by AP for comment. "I have always been a law-abiding resident", Kanter wrote with accompanying emojis.

Anadolu said on Tuesday prosecutors had sought the issue of a "red notice" for Kanter, an Interpol request to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition.

Earlier this month, Kanter revealed he would not travel with the team to London out of fear for his safety in regards to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 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.

Kanter said he feared assassination if he left the US or Canada when he announced last week that he wouldn't travel with the Knicks, who play the Washington Wizards at the O2 Arena on Friday.

Kanter already has a warrant in his name for "being a terrorist group member".

Since the coup attempt, 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.

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Kanter said he skipped last year's Human Rights Foundation Freedom Forum in Oslo for reasons similar to those keeping him off the court this week in England.

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.

Enes Kanter continues to be in hot water with his native country of Turkey.

Describing Mr Erdogan as "the Hitler of our century", he had said: "They've got a lot of spies".

"There's a chance that I can get killed out there", he said.

"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. I do not yet have USA citizenship or a US passport, which could offer me protection, so I can't risk traveling overseas".

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