New York Knicks center Enes Kanter on why he fears Erdogan

Sherman Parsons
January 19, 2019

They reportedly accuse Mr Kanter, a 26-year-old centre at the National Basketball Association club, of having links with armed groups said to be behind the 2016 failed coup.

Turkey is seeking extradition of New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.

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

Interpol did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment as to whether it had received an extradition and red notice request from Turkey.

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.

Kanter was detained past year at a Romanian airport after being told his Turkish passport was cancelled - a move that Kanter blamed on his political views. As Kanter states, he doesn't have so much as a parking ticket in the U.S. Not to mention, the U.S. government would not extradite Kanter for speaking out against the Turkish government. Officials at the prosecutor's office could not be reached by AP for comment.

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Kanter announced earlier this month he would not travel to London with the team because he feared he could be assassinated.

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 Turkish Government cannot present any single piece of evidence of my wrongdoing", he said. "They claim I am a member of an 'armed terrorist organization, '" Kanter wrote.

Kanter was attempting to get back to the USA after being forced to flee Indonesia because the Turkish government warned Indonesian authorities that he was unsafe.

"They've got a lot of spies there", Kanter said. I told him, like: 'Hey we're coming to London, I would love to bring you to our game.' He was so excited. "There is the possibility that I'm going to killed out there".

"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".

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