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Turkey seeking international arrest warrant for Knicks’ Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter, Knicks

Turkish prosecutors have sought an international arrest warrant for New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, accusing him of belonging in a terrorist organization, according to The Associated Press.

Sabah newspaper said the Istanbul chief prosecutor’s office had prepared an extradition request as well, an Interpol “Red Notice” that cites Kanter’s ties to Fethullah Gulen, who the Turkish government blamed for a failed coup in 2016.

The prosecution is accusing Kanter of providing financial support to Gulen’s group.

The Knicks center reacted to the report in a tweet on Wednesday:

Earlier this month, Kanter said he did not plan to travel to London with the Knicks for a regular-season NBA game against the Washington Wizards on Thursday, saying he feared for his life due to his opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

His fight against the current Turkish regime has been well-documented over the years, but this stopped being an agree-to-disagree matter long ago.

Kanter’s Turkish passport was revoked in 2017 after being kept at a Romanian airport during that summer, unable to fly back to the United States for a few hours. Kanter was finally allowed to continue his itinerary and fly back, but he has never left the U.S. since, in fear something similar, or worse, could happen by order of the current Turkish regime.