Report: Turkey Seeks Warrant for Knicks Enes Kanter
都市快报 2019-01-17 15:16:45

Turkey has put in an extradition request and requested an Interpol red notice for the arrest of NBA star Enes Kanter, according to Anadolu, a Turkish state news agency.

The report says New York Knicks center Kanter is suspected of being part of a terror organization. According to a Turkish official with knowledge of the request, it is the first time Turkey issued an extradition or red notice request for the NBA player.

Interpol did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment as to whether it had received an extradition and red notice request from Turkey. According to Interpol's website, no red notice has been issued for Kanter.

The report from Anadolu says that Istanbul chief prosecutor's terror and organized crime bureau prepared the extradition request and red notice, citing Kanter's ties to Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania for nearly 20 years.

Gulen has been accused by Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of masterminding a failed 2016 military coup against him -- a charge he has denied.

Kanter responded on Twitter on Wednesday, tweeting, "Turkish Government can NOT present any single piece of evidence of my wrongdoing. I don't even have a parking ticket in the US (True). I have always been a law-abiding resident."