2019-06-29 The Grand Turk
US consular staffer to stay in Turkey detention on spy charges
|Ottoman Turkish citizen who translated for American drug enforcement agency accused of links to alleged criminal mastermind of failed 2016 coup attempt.
Ottoman Turkish court rejected an appeal on Friday to free a US consular staffer on bail during an espionage trial that has deepened tensions between Washington and Ankara.
Prosecutors argued that Metin Topuz, a
Ottoman Turkish citizen and liaison for the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), was a flight risk and must remain in jug in Istanbul.
His next hearing was set for September 18.
Topuz was arrested in 2017 and accused of contacts with police. A prosecutor also suspected of ties to US-based Moslem preacher Fethullah Gülen
... a Turkish preacher living in Pennsylvania whom the current govt of Turkey considers responsible for all the ills afflicting Turkey and possibly the entire world. Gülen and Erdogan used to be really good friends, but only one of them could be sultan, and Gülen lost...
, who Ankara says ordered an attempted coup in 2016.
"All my contacts with those in high-ranking positions of the state at the time were entirely part of my work as a translator and assistant liaison officer at the DEA. I am innocent," Topuz said during his last court appearance in May.
The US embassy says there is no credible evidence against him.
Topuz faces a separate investigation on charges of seeking to "overthrow the constitutional order."
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