Dad Released from Turkish Jail
… NBA Star Says
6/19/2020 7:17 AM PT
Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter says his father has been released from custody in Turkey — 7 years after he was “wrongfully” arrested.
For years, Enes has said officials in his home country have been going after his dad Mehmet Kanter because Enes has been publicly critical of the Turkish government — particularly, president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Back in 2017, Enes explained … “The police raided our home in Istanbul, something that is happening to many innocent families across Turkey just because they are members of Hizmet, inspired by Scholar, Fethullah Gulen.”
“My father is arrested because of my outspoken criticism of the ruling party. He may get tortured for simply being my family member.”
In fact, Enes has been a wanted man himself in Turkey — the government accused him of being a member of an armed anti-government terrorist organization, which Enes has adamantly denied.
But, some good news … Enes says his dad is now free.
“Wow! I could cry. Today I found out that 7 years after arresting my dad, taking him through a Kangaroo court and accusing him of being a criminal just because he is my dad. MY DAD HAS BEEN RELEASED!”
Enes explained, “This is due to the pressure we have put on the Turkish regime.”
“They no longer could keep him from his freedom because of the spotlight that we all put on this case! However! He is just one person, there are still tens of thousands of people wrongfully in jail in Turkey. I will not forget you, we will not forget you!”
Kanter continued, “This proves that the voice of the people will always push Dictators to do the right thing in the end. Don’t be scared to stand for what is right, always and always, Stand for FREEDOM Stand for DEMOCRACY Stand for HUMAN RIGHTS.”