Left Menu
Development News Edition

Turkish court declines to free U.S. consular employee

Reuters | Updated: 15-05-2019 19:38 IST | Created: 15-05-2019 17:41 IST
Turkish court declines to free U.S. consular employee
Image Credit: ANI

A Turkish court refused to release an employee of the U.S. consulate in Istanbul on Wednesday, in a trial on espionage charges that has damaged relations with Washington. Metin Topuz, a Turkish translator for the Drug Enforcement Agency at the consulate, was ordered held at least until his next appearance, which was set for June 28, one of his lawyers, Selman Alibas, told Reuters.

Topuz, who has already been held since his arrest in 2017, is one of three U.S. consulate employees who have been charged in criminal cases that have been major irritants in the relationship between the NATO allies. Turkey's strained ties with the United States, including threats of sanctions over Ankara's push to purchase Russian missile systems, are one of the factors contributing to investor fears that have seen its currency plunge in recent years.

Washington and Ankara are at odds over a range of issues including Syria policy, the U.S. refusal to extradite a Turkish cleric that Ankara accuses of plotting a failed coup, and Turkey's plans to buy the Russian missile systems. Topuz is on trial on charges of espionage and links to the network of cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is based in the United States and blamed by Turkey for plotting the failed 2016 coup. Washington says Topuz is innocent.

The indictment accuses Topuz of being in frequent contact with officers who led a 2013 corruption investigation in Turkey, which the government has described as a "judicial coup attempt" by Gulen's network. Topuz denies the charges, saying it was not his decision who he came into contact with through his work.

Turkey indicted another U.S. consulate employee in March, also accusing him of links to Gulen's network. A third employee was freed convicted of terrorism but freed in January due to time served during his trial. Since the abortive 2016 military coup, Turkey has detained 160,000 people and dismissed nearly as many civil servants over suspected links to the coup attempt, according to the U.N. human rights office.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

‘Discounted Deaths’ and COVID 19: Anthropology of Death and Emotions

Death is a social event rather than the mere cessation of biological functions. As seen by anthropologists, death is not just physical but intensely social, cultural, and political....

Indigenous knowledge of communities a must for maximizing impact of community work

Generally, it has been observed that the majority of the academicians in higher education institutions neglect the wisdom of community people and throw their weight around thinking that they know everything and the community knows nothing. ...

In rebuking FBR, Pakistan’s courts take a stand for public health

The system, if implemented effectively, will allow Pakistans revenue service to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products and potentially add hundreds of millions of dollars to the states budget each year. ...

Dissecting how COVID-19 is catalyzing the trajectory of New World Order

The ensuing pandemic of COVID-19 has hit the globalization in two ways firstly, shrinking the importance of globalization as an economic force by curtailing mobility through worldwide lockdowns, and secondly, rejuvenating the idea of indig...

Videos

Latest News

EU launches new COVID-19 fundraising to address concerns over equal access

The European Commission launched a new global fundraising campaign on Thursday to finance the development and worldwide distribution of testing, vaccines and treatments against COVID-19, seeking to address concerns they may not be equally s...

Jamia violence: Court grants bail to JMI student Asif Iqbal Tanha

New Delhi, May 28 PTI A Delhi court on Thursday granted bail to Jamia Millia Islamia JMI University student Asif Iqbal Tanha, in a case related to violence near Jamia Millia Islamia Univeristy during protests against the Citizensh...

15 more die of COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh, total cases rise to 7,170

Fifteen more people died of coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, while 179 fresh infections pushed the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state to 7,170 officials said. With 15 more fatalities, the total number of deaths due to ...

France to reopen restaurants, bars and beaches from June 2 - PM

France will allow restaurants, bars and beaches to reopen from June 2, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Thursday.Philippe said that in green areas where the virus circulates slowly - most of continental France - the only limit will b...

Give Feedback