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Turkey charges father of NBA’s Kanter as terror group member

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court has accepted an indictment charging the father of NBA player Enes Kanter with “membership in a terror group,” the country’s official news agency reported Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). The indictment followed an investigation of Mehmet Kanter, and prosecutors planned to seek his conviction and a prison term of five to 10 years at trial, Anadolu Agency said. It’s unclear when the trial in western Tekirdag province would begin. Enes Kanter, who plays for the New York Knicks, is a follower of a U.S.-based Turkish cleric who the government accuses of masterminding a failed military coup in 2016. Cleric Fethullah Gulen has denied the allegation, but tens of thousands of people suspected of ties to his network have been arrested or fired. The elder Kanter, a professor, was purged from public service after the coup attempt and detained for five days last summer. Anadolu said the indictment alleges he contacted some 120 suspects with alleged links to Gulen, including dozens who were said to have communicated through an encrypted messaging application. Enes Kanter, a former Oklahoma City Thunder center, has been a vocal critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His Turkish passport was canceled last year. Prosecutors charged him in December with insulting the president in a series of tweets. They want to try him in absentia and have him sentenced to more than four years in prison, if he is convicted. I will continue to keep fighting for Human Rights and Freedom of Speech Justice and Democracy above all.I will stand for what I believe in.All I’m doing is trying to be voice of innocent people Keep my family,innocent people in your prayers 🙏#DictatorErdogan 🇹🇷@RT_Erdogan pic.twitter.com/i7kK3mwKND — Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) June 18, 2018 “Keep my family, innocent people in your prayers,” the basketball player tweeted Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) with the hashtag “DictatorErdogan.” His Twitter account is withheld in Turkey. Under a state of emergency declared in the aftermath of the coup, Turkey has arrested more than 50,000 and sacked some 110,000 people alleged to have infiltrated state institutions for Gulen. The government said the crackdown was needed to fight alleged acts of terror......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJun 19th, 2018

Knicks Kanter to skip London trip, fearing Erdogan reprisal

By Greg Beacham, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — New York center Enes Kanter will not travel to London for the Knicks’ upcoming international game because he believes he could be assassinated for his opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Kanter announced his plan Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) after the Knicks’ 119-112 win over the Lakers. The Knicks later said Kanter also won’t make the trip because of a visa issue. Kanter will stay in New York while the Knicks travel to face Washington at The O2 arena in London on Jan. 17 (Jan. 18, PHL time). He says he can’t travel anywhere except the U.S. and Canada because “there’s a chance I could get killed out there.” “Sadly, I’m not going because of that freaking lunatic, the Turkish president,” Kanter said. “It’s pretty sad that all the stuff affects my career and basketball, because I want to be out there and help my team win. But just because of the one lunatic guy, one maniac, one dictator, I can’t even go out there and do my job. It’s pretty sad.” Kanter has been a vocal critic of Erdogan for years, once referring to him as “the Hitler of our century.” Kanter’s Turkish passport was revoked in 2017, and an international warrant for his arrest was issued by Turkey. Kanter is a follower of a U.S.-based Turkish cleric accused by Turkey’s government of masterminding a failed military coup in 2016. Kanter said it would be “easy” for an attempt on his life to be made in London. “They’ve got a lot of spies there,” he added. “I think I can get killed there easy. It would be a very ugly situation.” Kanter’s father, Mehmet, was indicted last year and charged with “membership in a terror group.” The former professor lost his job after the failed military coup even though he publicly disavowed his son and his beliefs. “People often ask me why I continue to speak out if it’s hurting my family,” Kanter wrote in a column for Time magazine last year. “But that’s exactly why I speak out. The people Erdogan is targeting are my family, my friends, my neighbors, my classmates. I need to speak out, or my country will suffer in silence.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 5th, 2019

the terror and torment of Turkey’s jailed journalists – The Guardian

Scores of imprisoned Turkish journalists face a Kafkaesque nightmare of legal limbo, farcical charge sheets, maltreatment and even solitary confinement in the country that locks up more reporters than any other in the world. A series of Guardian interviews and written exchanges with several of those jailed as a result of a sweeping media crackdown found a huge mental burden on the incarcerated, as well as tough social and intellectual restrictions. “I have been broken and twisted in more ways than I can imagine,” says the recently released novelist Aslı Erdoğan (no relation to the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan), who spent five days in solitary confinement at the start of four months of pretrial detention. Mehmet Altan, a journalist awaiting trial for supposedly attempting to bring down the government describes his life in prison as an environment “where no needs of a mature mind are met. It is like wearing striped pyjamas. It is a very narrow life without any joy or feeling to it.” “Never have I seen this much wrongdoing,” said Barış Yarkadaş, an MP in the opposition Republican People’s party (CHP) and a member of the media commission that monitors journalists’ arrests and provides them with legal aid. The media crackdown followed a coup attempt last July that left more than 200 people dead and more than 1,400 injured. The purges have led to tens of thousands of civil servants, members of the police, military and judiciary as well as academics and journalists being either detained or dismissed for alleged links to the network of Fethullah Gülen, an exiled preacher blamed for instigating the coup. Opponents of President Erdoğan say the purges have turned into a witch-hunt against dissidents in government, academia and the media, to stifle them before a historic referendum in April that would grant sweeping powers to the president. The CHP says 152 journalists are behind bars and 173 media outlets have been shut since the coup attempt, including newspapers, magazines, radio stations, websites and news agencies. More than 2,500 journalists have been laid off because of the closures and 800 have had their press cards revoked, with many also having their passports confiscated. The government only acknowledges that 30 journalists are in prison. In November, a dozen journalists at Cumhuriyet, Turkey’s oldest newspaper and a bastion of opposition to Erdoğan, were arrested and most have remained in custody without formal indictments. The government has threatened to appoint a trustee board to manage the publication’s affairs in a move that would silence its critics. Many Kurdish outlets have been shut and often recreated under different names after accusations of propaganda on behalf of the PKK. Kurdish journalists have been repeatedly arrested while reporting on demonstrations against the government, only to be quickly released after one hearing, in a practice seen as an attempt to intimidate them. Last month Deniz Yücel, a German-Turkish journalist who works for Die Welt newspaper, was formally arrested because of his reporting on the hacking of the personal emails of Berat Albayrak, the energy minister and Erdoğan’s son-in-law. “Turkey now has the dubious honour of being the world’s biggest jailer of journalists, and free media in the country is in its death throes,” Amnesty International said after Yucel’s arrest. Aydın Doğan, head of the Doğan Group, which publishes one of the country’s leading newspapers, the Hürriyet, was recently summoned to court after an article published by the paper indicated there was discomfort in the military about what was happening politically – a move interpreted as a call for the military to intervene in politics. Some observers have described the accusations levelled against some leading journalists as bizarre. Ahmet Şik, an investigative journalist who is in prison, was accused of propaganda on behalf of the Gülen network, even though he authored a book called The Imam’s Army that exposed the group’s corrupt practices. “It’s a bit like arresting Martin Luther King for being a member of the Klan,” said one rights worker. Cumhuriyet has also often reported on the damaging influence of the Gülenists, who once shared power with the ruling Justice and Development party (AKP). When the director of the newspaper’s board, Akın Atalay, returned from overseas to challenge the order for his arrest he was detained because investigators determined he was a flight risk. “We all know this is absurdity,” said Yarkadaş, the CHP lawmaker who recently visited the Cumhuriyet journalists in prison. “This is not rule of law. This is undermining the law. “The government is saying if you oppose the regime we are planning to plant in Turkey, you will find yourself in prison and we will isolate you from the outside world.” Media outlets also face financial pressures. Monitors say the government is leaning on businesses to avoid advertising in opposition newspapers in order to curtail their revenues. The result has been that the vast majority of mainstream outlets are either openly supportive of the AKP government or are mildly centrist in their politics. The only major opposition outlets are Cumhuriyet and Halk TV, a station close to the CHP, and Sözcü, a tabloid similar to the Sun in the UK. Opposition officials say the oppressive media environment has limited the debate around the referendum and masked many problems in the country, including a worsening economic crisis, high youth unemployment, spiralling tensions with the PKK, terrorism and foreign policy woes. They say the stifling of discussion [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2017

Karapatan lawyer, former exec might face charges over ‘seized’ evidence

  MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) has threatened to file charges against a lawyer and a former board member of rights group Karapatan should they attempt to tamper pieces of evidence on the murder of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultant Randy Felix Malayao. According to police, investigators were inspecting items recovered from Malayao after he was gunned down inside a bus in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya on January 30, when a certain Rina Balgos allegedly interrupted the inspection. READ: NDFP consultant-columnist shot dead in Nueva Vizcaya The regional police said in a statement on Wednesday that B...Keep on reading: Karapatan lawyer, former exec might face charges over ‘seized’ evidence.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2019

PNP announces arrest of IS-linked terror suspect in Cotabato City

Just ahead of the January 21 Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite, the Philippine National Police announced the arrest of alleged Islamic State-linked terrorist Abu Bakar Pagayao, who is suspected to be a member of the local terror group Ansar Al Khilafah Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

Turkey prosecutor seeks Interpol red notice for NBA star Kanter

ISTANBUL, Turkey – An Istanbul prosecutor on Tuesday, January 15, applied for an Interpol "red notice" to be issued for Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter for his alleged links to the group blamed for a 2016 failed coup, state media reported. Kanter, a New York Knicks' center and an outspoken critic ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

Suspected Maute rebel arrested

A suspected member of the Islamic State-inspired Maute terror group involved in the beheading of two sawmill workers in Lanao del Sur in April 2016 was arrested in Caloocan City on Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

Suspected Maute rebel arrested

A suspected member of the Islamic State-inspired Maute terror group involved in the beheading of two sawmill workers in Lanao del Sur in April 2016 was arrested in Caloocan City on Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

Cops nab MILF member in Maguindanao for unlicensed gun

        DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao -- Police arrested a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Thursday for bringing a gun that later found to be unlicensed when visiting a relative in jail.   Abdulmaute Salik, a resident of Barangay Langeban, Kabuntalan town in Maguindanao, was also discovered to have a pending warrant of arrest for kidnapping charges.   He was then turned over to the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group or CIDG-Maguindanao field office, according to Chief Inspector Sabri Lakibul, Datu Odin Sinsuat (DOS) town police chief.   Lakibul said Salik, 53, who paid a visit to a rel...Keep on reading: Cops nab MILF member in Maguindanao for unlicensed gun.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 30th, 2018

Alleged ISIS member nabbed in Lanao del Sur | ABS-CBN News

An alleged member of terror group Islamic State was arrested in Binidayan, Lanao del Sur, Friday, authorities said......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 17th, 2018

Militant group accused of kidnapping Sagay 9 witness

The militant group Karapatan is facing kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges for allegedly taking custody of the 14-year old witness to the massacre of nine farmers in Sagay, Negros Occidental. The boy’s father, Vic Pedroso, has sought police assistance as his son has been missing since 27 October. Pedroso said he plans to file […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

Massacre witness’ dad mulls kidnap raps vs rights group

BACOLOD City – The father of the 13-year-old witness in the Sagay City shooting incident is mulling kidnapping charges against members of Karapatan-Negros for allegedly taking his son into their custody. In a PTV news report, PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde revealed the father’s plan after members of Karapatan-Negros reportedly took the minor from […] The post Massacre witness’ dad mulls kidnap raps vs rights group appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsOct 31st, 2018

Sagay massacre witness’ father mulls kidnap raps vs Karapatan

Members of a militant group who took custody of a minor witness in the killing of nine persons in Sagay, Negros Occidental on Oct. 20 face kidnapping charges......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 30th, 2018

Freed U.S. pastor heads home from Turkey, Trump thanks Erdogan

WASHINGTON DC, USA – An American pastor held for two years in Turkey on terror-related charges headed home to the United States on Saturday, October 13,where he was to meet with US President Donald Trump, who signaled an easing in the diplomatic crisis sparked by the case. Trump said he would ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Turkey court frees US pastor

ALIAGA, Turkey — A Turkish court on Friday freed an American pastor held for the last two years, in a case that sparked a crisis in Turkey’s ties with the United States and trouble for its economy. The court in the western town of Aliaga convicted Andrew Brunson on terror-related charges and sentenced him to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Vietnam jails activist after rights groups barred from WEF

HANOI, Vietnam --- A Vietnamese dissident was jailed Wednesday for 12 years on charges of trying to overthrow the state, days after the communist country refused entry to rights campaigners for a major business forum in Hanoi. Vietnam has a dismal rights record and has come under fire for a brutal crackdown against critics in the past two years that has seen scores jailed. Earlier this week it barred two rights campaigners from entering the country for the World Economic Forum attended by regional leaders--- many of whom face criticism for their own rights record at home. Nguyen Trung Truc, a member of the Brotherhood for Democracy group, was sentenced to 12 years in jail for at...Keep on reading: Vietnam jails activist after rights groups barred from WEF.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

Teen couple yields P4M worth of shabu in Cavite

SAN PEDRO CITY - Police recovered suspected shabu (crystal meth) worth about P4 million from a young couple and their father in a buy-bust operation in Dasmarias City, Cavite on Monday afternoon. In Calatagan, Batangas, police killed a member of a robbery and drug group in a shootout. The target of the Cavite police operation were suspects Anisah Bongcarao, 19, and her 17-year-old male partner. Also arrested were a 15-year-old male and Anisah's father, Paks Bongcarao, 63. The suspects were natives of Marawi City. The operation at the suspects' home in Barangay Datu Esmael, took place days after authorities announced that a ton of shabu might have slipped into the local drugs ...Keep on reading: Teen couple yields P4M worth of shabu in Cavite.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Hamas fighter killed as Israel strikes Gaza after rockets fired from enclave

  Jerusalem -- Israel launched air strikes on Gaza late Wednesday, killing one Hamas militant, after dozens of rockets were fired from the enclave into its territory.   Injuries were also reported on both sides.   Smoke plumes could be seen rising from Gaza City following the military's announcement it was targeting "terror sites in the Gaza Strip".   A Palestinian was killed in northern Gaza, while at least six were wounded in raids aimed targeting sites across the strip, the Gazan health ministry said.   Hamas, the Islamist group that runs the Strip, named the dead man as Ali Ghandour, saying he was a member of the group's armed w...Keep on reading: Hamas fighter killed as Israel strikes Gaza after rockets fired from enclave.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

U.S. slaps sanctions on Turkey ministers as pastor row ramps up

WASHINGTON DC, USA – The United States on Wednesday, August 1, hit two top Turkish officials with sanctions over the ongoing detention of an American pastor facing terror charges, heaping pressure on Ankara to release the prisoner fueling a bitter diplomatic feud. The move targeting Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2018

Turkey puts jailed U.S. pastor under house arrest

ISTANBUL, Turkey – A Turkish court on Wednesday, July 25, ruled to place an American pastor under house arrest after he spent almost two years imprisoned on terror-related charges, state media said, in a case that has raised tensions with the United States. Andrew Brunson, who ran a protestant church in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

Parojinog’s gf nabbed

AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Intelligence Group on Sunday arrested a live-in partner of Ozamiz City Councilor Ricardo ‘Ardot’ Parojinog on charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde announced yesterday. Mena Luansing, 34, provincial board member of Misamis Occidental who resigned….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018