A court in Sakarya arrested Selmet Şükür, the father of former Turkish football legend Hakan Şükür, in an investigation into the failed 15 July coup aimed at unseating the current Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government.

Earlier on Aug 11, Sakarya Public Prosecutor’s Office requested the arrest of Şükür and his father over their alleged ties to the coup attempt.

Police raided the houses of Şükür and his father in Sakarya and İstanbul on Thursday. Selmet Şükür was arrested on Friday by police after he performed Friday prayer in a Sakarya mosque.

Former star earlier said that he moved to the US in order to as part of a project of opening a sports academy and to learn English. Şükür also faces up to four years in jail if convicted over his tweets allegedly “insulting” Turkish President Recep Erdoğan.

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