An indictment filed by the Istanbul police’s cyber-crimes department seeks up to 4 years in prison for the New York Knicks center Enes Kanter for alleged insulting Hidayet Turkoglu.
Pro-government Sabah newspaper said Wednesday that the indictment accuses Kanter of insulting Turkoglu several times via social media. The NBAer faces between 1 to 4 years in prison on this charge alone while the indictment seeks an increase in the punishment by half, if convicted, claiming that the offence was committed publicly.
Turkoglu, a former NBA player, is now working as an advisor to the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and as the president of the Turkish Basketball Federation.
This is not the first time Kanter got in trouble with authorities in his hometown. He was earlier accused of insulting Erdogan in tweets posted in 2016.
Meanwhile, he also fell victim to the Turkish government’s worldwide net against Gulen followers after he pledged support to the movement. Last year, his passport was briefly seized by Romanian police upon a request from the Turkish government. Once he landed in the US, Kanter revealed that Turkish government had tried to catch him also in Indonesia.
Turkish government blames the Gulen movement for the failed coup attempt of 2016 while the latter denies involvement.
Currently, Kanter has an outstanding arrest warrant and his Twitter account is banned in Turkey.