Enes Kanter reportedly subject of arrest warrant by Turkey

Turkey accuses Enes Kanter of using Bylock, an encrypted messaging application.

Enes Kanter, the Turkish NBA star whose home country has revoked his passport, on Friday dismissed a report that Turkey's government had issued a warrant for his arrest. A prosecutor in Istanbul opened an investigation into Kanter's "alleged membership of an armed terrorist organization", according to the AFP report.

However, most people believe the issue stems from Kanter's support for an exiled Muslim leader named Fethullah Gulen - who, like Kanter, has been very critical of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He has given his public support to Fethullah Gulen and has identified himself with the Hizment movement inspired by Gulen, a USA -based Turkish preacher. Gulen has denied claims of involvement with the coup. Kanter, who is a staunch supporter of the US -based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, has been named a "fugitive" by a Turkish court, Sabah newspaper reported on May 26.

Kanter's outspoken statements about Erdogan have gotten him death threats in the past, and last weekend he was detained in Romania when the Turkish government withdrew his passport.

Kanter was eventually released and made it back to the United States by way of London.

Kanter held a news conference Monday and said he routinely received death threats for criticizing the government of his native Turkey, and that he may seek an expedited process toward becoming a USA citizen.

AFP reported a more coherent translation, "You can not catch me". He is now living in exile in the United States.

Kanter has compared Ergodan to Adolf Hitler. Hahaha. Don't waste your energy.

Kanter told reporters he plans on becoming a United States citizen. I am going to try to become an American citizen.

  • Julie Sanders