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Saturday, June 13, 2020

IS this the start of new cold war between Turkey and USA

A Turkish court Jailed a US  Consulate Employee for nearly 9 Years for aiding a terrorist organization, a Ruling US Described as Deeply Disappointing and Based on no Credible Evidence.

Metin Topuz’s trial has been a major source of tension between the two NATO allies, which are also at odds over Ankara’s purchase of Russian missile Defence systems and US support for Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria.

Topuz was sentenced to 8 Years and 9 months for aiding the network that Turkey says orchestrated a 2016 coup Attempt, state-owned Anadolu agency said.

He has already been in jail for 2-1/2 years while on trial, accused initially of Espionage, and trying to overthrow the Govt. A prosecutor said in March he should be acquitted on those charges and instead face up to 15 years in prison for membership of a Terrorist Organisation.

The US  Embassy said it was Deeply Disappointed by the conviction. US officials who attended every hearing in the trial saw No Credible Evidence to support the conviction and they hoped it would be swiftly Overturned, it said on Twitter.

The allegations made about Mr. Topuz’s official Duties Misrepresent both the Scope and Nature of the important work undertaken by our Local staff on Behalf of the US Govt and in the Promotion of our Bilateral Relationship, it said.

In a 78 Page indictment that included Telephone calls, text messages, and CCTV images, Topuz was accused of links to officials who led a 2013 corruption investigation and were later found to be members of the network of US-Based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for the abortive 2016 coup.

Topuz said During the trial that he contacted the individuals, who at the time held High Ranking Positions in the Police and judiciary, as Part of his Job.


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