Trial resumes for US Consulate staffer in Istanbul

Trial resumes for US Consulate staffer in Istanbul

ISTANBUL- Anadolu Agency
Trial resumes for US Consulate staffer in Istanbul

Turkish prosecutors on July 17 demanded up to 15 years in prison for an employee at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul over membership to FETÖ, the group behind the 2016 coup bid in Turkey.

Defendants Nazmi Mete Cantürk, his wife Sevim Cantürk and daughter Kevser Irem Cantürk and their lawyers appeared at the Istanbul High Criminal Court no: 27. 

U.S. Istanbul Consul General Daria Darnell and consulate employees were among those attending the hearing. 

Prosecutors said the employee was in communication with the defeated coup plotters and perpetrators of the December 2013 plot against government ministers and leading businesspeople.

They said the defendant was not able to make reasonable or logical explanations about his contact with the plotters.

The defendant also had used his credit card in foundations and associations which have link with FETÖ, they added. 

Other defendants, Sevim Cantürk and Kevser Irem have been requested to be acquitted due to lack of sufficient and definitive evidence.

FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the July 15, 2016 defeated coup in Turkey, which left 251 people killed and nearly 2,200 injured.

Ankara also accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

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