Serkan Gölge, a Turkish-American scientist imprisoned in Turkey for nearly three years on coup charges, said in an exclusive interview that he is happy to be free and now all he wants is to go back to the USA and continue working for NASA as scientist.
37-year-old Gölge was released from prison on May 29. He was on a family visit in southern Turkey when he was arrested in the aftermath of a failed coup, which Turkey blames on US-based cleric Fethullah Gülen. Gölge was convicted in February 2018 of membership in Gülen’s movement, which Turkey considers a terrorist group. He was given 7 years and 6 months in prison.
Trump said Thursday that Gölge “would soon be released to the US.”
The State Department declined to discuss why he was released.
Trump and Erdoğan are to meet at next month’s Group of 20 summit to discuss bilateral issues, including Ankara’s plan to buy a Russian missile defense system that has raised the ire of the United States.