According to BBC news, Turkish authorities now seem to have obtained an international (red) arrest warrant for the Turkish New York Nicks basketball star Enes Kanter whose Turkish Passport was revoked, and who is presently residing in USA on a Green Card. Now, Mr Kanter has announced he is too frightened to travel to Europe, lest he is assassinated or kidnapped to Turkey.
As for the Turkish authorities, they claim Mr Kanter was, in fact, one of the plotters behind the attempted coup in 2016. That is why, in May 2017, while his basketball team was visiting Rumania, his passport was suddenly revoked and the Turkish embassy attempted to repatriate him. However, the US embassy in Bucharest managed to whisk him out of Rumania and, via London, Mr Kanter was safely returned to USA.
However, not unlike what the Soviets used to do to the families of those who defected to the West, having let Mr Kanter slip through their fingers in Rumania, the Turkish authorities immediately moved on, with a government Decree, to sack his father- a Swiss educated professor of Haematology, from his University post.
As for Kanter junior, he was promptly tried In Absentia, and found guilty of plotting to topple the Turkish government in the 2016 Coup. Obviously, Mr Kanter’s “day job”, playing basketball in New York was a mere cover for his real activity- being an international terrorist. What does all this signify?
First, in stark contrast to their stance to Mr Kashoggi’s murder in Istanbul by his fellow countrymen, when it comes to Turkish dissidents residing abroad, Ankara is no less vindictive.
Indeed, it is common knowledge that, during his recent visits to Germany and UK, Mr Erdogan presented his respective hosts, Mrs Merkel & Mrs May, with a “shopping list”- comprising of Turks enjoying their hospitality, but who had incurred his displeasure. So, Mr Erdogan expected his hosts, Mrs Merkel & Mrs May, to round up the offending Turks and promptly dispatch them to Turkey where they would get their just deserts.
The logic behind this is simple: when the push comes to the shove, Ankara expects the commercial interests of the host countries harbouring these meddlesome Turkish citizens, to override their Human Rights.
This reminds one of a well known scene in CASABLANCA, when Humphrey Bogart states he does not trade in human beings, and his antagonist responds: “Pity, it is the most profitable trade in this town…”
Sadly, the international society now seems to have shrunk to the size of Rick’s Bar in Casablanca. Then it was the NAZIs chasing Resistance fighters taking refuge in neutral Casablanca; now, it would seem, our Islamist government going after basketball players in New York City.