Father of New York Knicks Player Charged with Terrorism Links in Turkey

Holly Kellum
By Holly Kellum
June 18, 2018New Yorkshare
Father of New York Knicks Player Charged with Terrorism Links in Turkey
Enes Kanter #00 of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 13, 2018, in New York City. (Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

ISTANBUL—Turkey’s official news agency says a court has accepted an indictment charging the father of NBA player Enes Kanter with “membership in a terror group.”

Anadolu Agency said Monday that an investigation of Mehmet Kanter was completed and prosecutors would seek a conviction and a prison term of five to 10 years at trial.
It’s unclear when the trial in western Tekirdag province would begin.

Enes Kanter, who plays for the New York Knicks, is a follower of a U.S.-based Turkish cleric who the government accuses of masterminding a 2016 failed coup.

Anadolu reports that the elder Kanter, a professor, is accused of contacting some 120 suspects with alleged links to cleric Fethullah Gulen.

He was purged from public service after the coup attempt and detained for five days last summer.

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