Nazmi Mete Canturk will spend more than five years in prison for aiding the “Fethullah terrorist organization,” TRT TV channel reports.
A Turkish court on Tuesday sentenced an employee of the US Consulate General in Istanbul to a prison term, TRT TV channel reports.
According to him, Nazmi Mete Canturk was found guilty of aiding the “Fethullah terrorist organization” (FETO), which Ankara considers the country’s organizer of the 2016 coup attempt. In this regard, Canturk sentenced to imprisonment for 5 years, 2 months, and 15 days.
According to the Milliyet newspaper, Canturk worked in the field of security at the American diplomatic mission.
Meanwhile, in June 2020, a court in Turkey found Metin Topuz, an employee of the US Consulate General in Istanbul, guilty of “aiding a terrorist group” and sentenced him to eight years and nine months in prison.
Washington is demanding the release of both him and two other detained employees of the US Consulate General in Istanbul. The Prosecutor’s indictment noted that Topuz had links to FETO, which Ankara considers responsible for the 2016 coup attempt, and to police officers suspected of participating in the coup. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim were also named as plaintiffs.